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Moments Of Mindfulness Week

Moments of mindfulness – easy ways to reduce stress and anxiety.

Monday 15th – Friday 19th March

This is not your usual mindfulness course. For many mindfulness conjures up the idea of sitting with your eyes closed in complete silence – which for many just doesn’t feel achievable so they never try it. But the reality is mindfulness is simply about being present and focused on one activity. 

This programme will show you that you can introduce simple, fun moments of mindfulness into your daily life which bring a huge array of positive health benefits.

Research has shown that mindfulness can help to:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Boost immune function
  • Improve brain function and focus
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Create a feeling of calm
  • Improve mood

So if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by life right now, join us for 5-days of mindfulness which will leave you feeling

  • energised
  • positive
  • calmer
  • focused

We’re mindful of the fact that many of us are spending too much time glued to our screens so our sessions will be live online for just 15-20 mins each day. We’ll introduce each technique and you can then carry on with the activities in your own time offline. Recordings of every sessions will be sent out the following day if you can’t join us live.

Want to get your kids involved? Some sessions will be suitable for kids (these will be clearly labelled) and they can join in for free!

Sessions during the programme include:

Mindful creativity – make your own beaded rainbow brooch, with Sam Giles from Bead Creative.

Being creative is most definitely food for the soul! Lose yourself in the moment, quiet the mind, and enjoy the textures and colours of the material we will use. Feel a real sense of pride and achievement by creating something beautiful that you can wear. 

4 sessions, suitable for children.

Mindful movement – yoga, breath and visualisation with Anna from Anna Banana Yoga

Yoga is a great too to help reduce stress and anxiety, and bring more mindfulness into your day. Anna will share three techniques to help you do this:

·      Discover how to use your breath to keep you calm

·      Learn a short and simple sequence of moves to get you out of your head and back into your body

·      Enjoy a guided relaxation to give your mind a holiday!

2 sessions 

Mindful eating – healthy snack making demo and nutrition talk

Take a moment out to prepare some healthy, tasty snacks which will nourish you and your family. During this live cooking demo Bethany will show you how to prepare healthy snacks and take a more mindful approach to cooking and eating. The snacks are easy to prepare, require no special equipment and can be made with basic staples you can find at most supermarkets. Bethany will also be giving a short introduction to nutrition for stress talk at the start of the week.

2 sessions, suitable for children

Mindful dance – with Nicola from Pixie Studios

1 session, suitable for children

This programme is for you if:

  • You want to find ways to better manage your feelings of stress, anxiety or overwhelm.
  • You find meditation and mindfulness overwhelming or unobtainable.
  • You’re experiencing feelings of low mood, low energy, stress, anxiety and/or poor concentration.
  • Life feels overwhelming right now
  • You never have any time to focus on self-care and your health.
  • You’re always doing everything for everyone else.

The details

The programme runs from Monday 15th – Friday 19th March with daily live sessions, daily emails and a Facebook group for extra support between live sessions.

Each moment will be 15-20 minutes live, to minimise zoom fatigue as think we’ve all had enough of living online! You’ll be given prompts and actions to help you be more mindful in your daily life after each session.

Some sessions are suitable for children (these will be clearly labelled). Children can attend the sessions free with a paying adult.

Tickets cost £25 per person if booked before midnight on Sunday 7th March or £30 after.

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Mindfulness beading sessions

Mindfulness beading sessions by bead creative

Mindfulness has become a very popular subject in recent times. There are many posts and articles on this subject and although I do not claim in any way to have any real knowledge on this subject I do agree that it is so important to find a way for you and your family to get some ‘time out’ from the stresses and strains of this world. There are so many things to think about during a simple day, as an adult so many plates to keep spinning and time is always so short and precious so it can be so difficult to find a way to switch off.

My hobby of bead weaving provides me with the perfect chance to escape reality for a time. Bead weaving (sewing together small beads) requires real concentration and focus, without which it all tends to go wrong! When I am using this technique to make jewellery I get to retreat into my own beady world for a while and forget all about the other stuff that is around. I’m so very lucky!

I do need to be a bit careful, my hobby has become my business and, as those of you with your own businesses will know, it tends to take over your life! If I’m honest I would be happy to just bead and create all day every day but that is clearly not possible. There are so many other things to think about and do with a small business and as it’s just me that can get quite stressful. The last thing I want is for the thing I love to become the thing that makes me the most stressed. It’s a fine balance between wanting success, managing a family and not feeling totally overwhelmed. But again, luckily for me, I can retreat to my beady creative world and allow myself some mindful time – perfect!

So this all got me thinking about how I could potentially help others. I have a work space and all the tools to provide a safe creative space for others to tap into. Let’s be honest, when you are at home jobs tend to get in the way and that hour you set aside has slipped away doing the washing/tidying/making dinner! So I started some drop in mindfulness beading sessions just before Christmas. Myself and few other ladies spent an hour here and there in the run up to Christmas making beaded icicles which would then become gorgeous tree decorations – perfect!

The next project will be learning how to bead shapes and patterns which can then be turned into a unique piece of jewellery. I ask for an initial charge to cover materials and first session and then the project can either be done in your own home or back at Bead Creative on a drop in, pay as you go basis. Do get in touch if you would like to be involved. Here is the link to the full details of the workshop