Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

Jon Kabat Zinn

We all face challenges in life, the usual small but significant daily stressors and/or chronic stressors. Stress can come to the surface in many ways. For some it results in physical pain like muscle tension or headaches, for others it results in sleeping problems, anxiety, depression or anger outbursts. These are just a few of many stress symptoms. When we experience stress, it is usually about something that happened in the past, or something that is still waiting for you in the future. We tend to fight these symptoms, suppress them, which eventually is only making it worse.

In a project funded by NRF, trained psychologists of APAP SXM, a local association of psychologists, offered the 8 week Mindfulness training to in total 5 groups of Sint Maarten citizens. Team Inspired, who are members of APAP SXM, completed one of those 5 groups in March 2020.

In the Mindfulness training, you practice being in the present. By focusing your attention on purpose, in a nonjudgmental way. Allowing yourself to make conscious decisions in self care.

In a group setting you will receive the Mindfulness training from two trainers. The training consists of a 2,5 hour session per week, for the duration of 8 weeks. Between week 5 and 6 a silent retreat (6 hours) will take place. During the training you will receive homework to practice mindfulness at home, and you will learn ways how to implement mindfulness in daily life that fit you best.

MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) for coping with depression/anxiety is an approach developed in the 90’s by three cognitive therapy specialists in an internationally linked programme of research into the prevention of depression. It was developed as an extension of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s earlier work on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the USA. It is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a means to work with depression that is proven to help prevent relapse in people who are currently well. This approach is also widely used for anxiety related and stress disorders.

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