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There are a host of valuable resources out there if you want to find out more about wellbeing, mindfulness or learning a craft.   Some of our favourites are listed below, and we welcome your suggestions too!   Don’t forget to follow us on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube for the most up-to-date tips, links and wellbeing videos.

Helpful resources //

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

http://www.oxfordmindfulness.org/ 

Free Mindfulness Resources

http://www.freemindfulness.org/

Research about Mindfulness

http://bemindful.co.uk/evidence-research/

Mindful Poetry

http://mrsmindfulness.com/category/articles/poems/

Common questions about mindfulness

​​Is Mindfulness right for me?

Before you decide to try mindfulness, it might be helpful to think about these questions, suggested by MIND:

 

Am I comfortable being aware of my thoughts and feelings?
Mindfulness involves becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can sometimes put people in touch with memories that they have been pushing away, which may be good in the long run but can initially make people feel worse. If you are concerned about this but still want to give mindfulness a try, you might want to attend a course delivered by a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist.

 

How well am I feeling?
It's not usually a good idea to start learning mindfulness when you're very unwell because it can be hard to get the most out of it, and you may find it distressing at first. If you're currently experiencing a serious episode of a mental health problem, you might want to seek treatment and support for that, then try mindfulness when you're feeling better.

 

Would I prefer one-to-one support?
If you're attending a mindfulness course, you're likely to be in a group and there may not be time to get individual support to discuss your problems in detail. You might also not feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and feelings with a group of people.

 

Do I want support for a specific issue?
Mindfulness tends to focus on thoughts and feelings more generally. If you want help with a specific problem, then you might find a more focused treatment is helpful. 

 

Am I able to put the work in?
Learning mindfulness can take time. Attending a mindfulness course usually involves committing to practising in between sessions, which can be quite demanding.