Psychologies readers wrap their minds around mindfulness

Sean Collins pictureThe FHT was delighted to receive a request from Psychologies for a web article by Seán Collins, about how mindfulness techniques can help to protect the health and wellbeing of complementary therapists. A speaker at this year’s FHT Training Congress, Seán teaches meditation and mindfulness to therapists and other health professionals, as well as hospices, charities, corporate companies and universities. He is also a senior mentor within Zenways, where he mentors almost 20 qualified mediation teachers.

You can read his run down on winding down here.

Want to learn more?

Seán will be giving a talk on mindfulness for therapists as part of the 2018 FHT Training Congress, taking place at Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham, on Sunday, 20 May and Monday, 21 May.

The two-day event will feature a range of expert speakers, educating you on various topics, from therapy specific modalities to general business advice, all of which will gain you one point to count towards your continuing professional development (CPD)With 24 CPD sessions for you to choose from, don’t miss the opportunity to learn new skills and grow your business.

Sessions cost only £12 for FHT members and £15 for non-FHT members.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Four simple steps to stop being hard on ourselves

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Mindful has recently drawn attention to the RAIN meditation, a mindfulness technique to address feelings of insecurity and unworthiness and encourage self-compassion. The acronym was originally created around 20 years ago by Michele McDonald and follows four steps of practising mindfulness, as outlined below:

  • Recognise what’s going on
  • Allow the experience to be there, just as it is
  • Investigate with kindness
  • Natural awareness, which comes from not identifying with the experience

The recognising step focuses on acknowledging the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are affecting us, such as the ‘critical inner voice’, ‘constricting beliefs’ and feelings of shame and fear that are holding us back. Mindful states that this step is like ‘awakening from a dream or coming out of a trance.’

Allowing the experience to be there is to accept the emotions, feelings and sensations and avoid withdrawing from the present moment because of the unpleasantness. By allowing these feelings we are not agreeing they are just but are able to look deeper at them to reevaluate them and understand them.

Investigating with kindness is to draw attention to the current experience, to ask questions like: what is happening? What wants more attention? What am I believing? This is to be more mindful and to stop unconscious beliefs and emotions controlling your experience that make you feel unworthy.

Natural awareness is about non-identification, not linking the present moment with emotions, sensations or stories from the past that can often have a negative impact on how we cope with current situations. This is about resting and letting our ‘natural awareness’ take control.

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Surviving your Blue Monday

Are you feeling particularly down today? No matter how hard you try does nothing seem to be going right? You could be feeling the effect of Blue Monday and you’re not alone.

Depressed business womanThe third Monday of January is historically known as the most depressing day of the year, which could be due to a number of reasons. For example many peoples New Year resolutions start to become more difficult to keep, the dark and rainy weather throughout the day could be taking its toll and ultimately people feel physically and mentally worn out from the festivities of Christmas. Here at the FHT we wanted to share with you our top tips of surviving Blue Monday.

Positivity is key

Trying to stay positive throughout the day can be easier said than done, people tend to focus on what could go wrong instead of looking at the bigger picture. We know things can be difficult, but it is possible to overcome obstacles and reduce stress by keeping positive. In turn you will find that other solutions can present themselves.

Acknowledge your accomplishments

People can find it hard to praise themselves at the risk of sounding arrogant, however no matter how small the task, it is important to acknowledge your accomplishments. This is because it provides you with a sense of pride and reassurance that you are getting through your day the best you can. You got out of bed today no matter how easy it could have been to stay there all day, this is because you enjoy challenging yourself and the feeling you receive after a productive day.

Experience Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of meditation which correlates largely with improved wellbeing and a healthier lifestyle. Mindfulness exercise helps you to get in touch with your breathing, which results in opening up a pathway to the brain in order to achieve a calm state. Dr Craig Brown offers a series of free 15 minute podcasts, giving useful advice and a mindfulness experience.

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Offer a helping hand

Studies have shown that by being there for someone often results in self happiness. This is because giving makes us feel good about ourselves, which results in doing more good things for others. By offering a helping hand to a colleague, family member or stranger you are spreading the message of kindness and showing the benefits of meaningful activities

Develop your sensitivity, develop yourself

We hope you enjoyed our DIY happiness tips in surviving your Blue Monday, Let us know your tips for surviving Blue Monday!