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April 6, 2016

Mindfulness Course

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Do you want to become mindful rather than having a full mind?

Workplace Health and Wellbeing are offering staff the chance to attend an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course on the Colchester campus. With increasing pressure both in our professional and personal lives, this course aims to equip individuals with improved skills to manage modern day lifestyles and encourage mindfulness practice.

What is ‘Mindfulness’?

Mindfulness is based around maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body and surrounding environment. It can be expected that following the 8 week course there may be:

  • A reduction in participants’ level of stress
  • An increase in their levels of emotional intelligence
  • Increased interpersonal sensitivity
  • Higher levels of personal resilience
  • Lower rates of health-related absenteeism
  • Increase self-awareness and awareness of others
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Increased concentration and attention span
  • Lower levels of impulsivity
  • A greater capacity to hold and manipulate information
  • Improved sleeping patterns
  • Lower levels of psychological distress, including depression and anxiety
  • Higher levels of wellbeing and overall work and life satisfaction; Michael Chaskalson
The 8-week course will start on Tuesday 26th April and each session lasts 2 hours, between 12 – 2pm.

For further information on cost and to register your interest, please contact Cheryl Parlour in the Occupational Health team on cparlour@essex.ac.uk.

Spaces are limited!

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme is supplied by Validium, a professional and independent employee assistance provider who support over 350 organisations in the UK. This service supports the University’s Stress Management Policy (.doc).

Did you read the January 2016 newsletter regarding mindfulness? Their information leaflet also provides information about the benefits of mindfulness.

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