I’ve written previously about Ruby Wax’s book Sane New World, and how it makes a persuasive case for practising mindfulness to manage depression. My plan was to develop a mindfulness habit, starting with just 2 minutes directly after my morning coffee.  (I am a big fan of habits).

mind-fullThe habit aspect is going well – without much thought now, I ‘sit’ for my 2 minutes each morning – but I can’t seem to get the hang of focussing on my breath. It is much more satisfying somehow to do what I call ‘walking meditation‘ but is probably nothing of the sort.  When I walk Raisin, I try to be aware of the sensations in my body, and of the sights, sounds and smells around me. It’s nice; I like it. Unfortunately, it only really happens for a few seconds at a time, but perhaps that will improve with practice.

However, since mindfulness for depression seems to be so important, I really want to get it right, and so I have referred myself to Suffolk Wellbeing Service and asked for their help with it. I have been assessed* and await news as to whether or not I can do their 8 week mindfulness course.

Suffolk Wellbeing Service operates under the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. The main IAPT approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which I have already had from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service.

*The assessment involved going through a number of short questionnaires on the phone: work and social adjustment; risk (of suicide) assessment; PHQ-9 (depression); GAD-7 (anxiety); and phobia.

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3 thoughts on “in pursuit of mindfulness

  • There is a good app called headspace. It is a guided meditation. And there are some good videos to help you.I love it.

  • Thanks for this. I confess I got the Headspace app ages ago but couldn’t get on with it. I felt I was being pressured to start paying for it before I had even got to grips with it, but I’ll give it another go. They emailed me yesterday with a special offer in fact. It puts me off but perhaps it shouldn’t!

    I think a bit part of my problem with doing mindfulness practice is not understanding how, exactly, it helps with depression. Seems to be at odds with CBT, which tells us to take notice of our thoughts and pull them apart.

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