Self Help   
Local Services   
What We Do   Open Access Courses   Therapeutic Groups   Needing Urgent Assistance?cyp
Mindfulness for Wellbeing in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
 
What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness-based therapy is an integrative, mind-body approach that originated in Eastern meditation practices but is non-religious. It is about developing awareness and paying attention to day to day, moment by moment experiences without our usual judgement – this will include your thinking, how you are feeling and what you are doing. Mindfulness helps you to pay attention to the present moment and develop an awareness of aspects of your life which may otherwise appear to happen automatically - or mindlessly.

 

Mindfulness is often taught through a variety of structured practices around breathing, thinking, bodily sensations and daily activities. This can help you to discover and become more aware of habitual patterns in your thoughts, your body and your actions.


How can Mindfulness help me?


Mindfulness has rapidly developed an expanding evidence base that shows how helpful it can be for many emotional and physical health problems, as well as improving general well-being and preventing further ill-health.

 

Mindfulness can help you to develop a better understanding and awareness so you can consider what unhelpful patterns you might have developed.  By becoming more aware of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations you can learn to avoid the same old “mental ruts” that might have caused problems in the past. This can result in less distressing feelings and help you to experience more choice about how to manage and cope with these patterns. Using Mindfulness skills can become a way of life and the techniques used in sessions can be applied during everyday life. As a result, you are likely to feel better able to manage stress, handle thoughts and live life more fully. People who practice Mindfulness feel they are more able to relax and it can help you to explore those aspects of life you find difficult, rather than pushing them away.

 

Balance
Groups available


We have developed an introductory level therapeutic course. Classes are held weekly over 6 weeks; each class lasts approximately 2 hours. 

Within each session there will be opportunities to learn Mindfulness practices. Participants will gain most from the course by continuing these practices both within and between sessions. Participants will be asked to complete registration forms at the start of the course as well as forms to help us evaluate and improve future courses.

In order to be considered for the group, attendance at a one off Mindfulness Workshop is required at which point we will ask you to complete a short questionnaire.


To access the Mindfulness for Wellbeing course or workshop please ensure a referral is made to the Primary Mental Health Support Service for assessment via your GP or Community Mental Health Team in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.