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8-Week MBCT Course in central St Albans. Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30p.m. Small, supportive group with maximum of 10 participants.

Free yourself from depression and emotional distress - new workbook out now

Free yourself from depression and emotional distress - new workbook out now

#free #mbct course for #mindfulness #research study aims to investigate how people react to MBCT for the general public depending on their personality. It is the continuation of a first study we led on the very same topic at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, between autumn 2013 and spring 2014, and which yielded very promising results We will be asking participants in a free 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course about their emotions and mind states during the meditation exercises. The MBCT course will be the same as the one offered at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre for the general public, except for questionnaires to fill in before and after the classes.

Two MCBT courses will be organized for the purposes of the current study
9th June – 28th July – on Monday afternoons
2nd September – 21st October – on Tuesday evenings

Poorly update. Yesterday was finally my appointment at the National Migraine Clinic - after 3 months of daily diaries, supplements and diet changes and mindful yoga the verdict was in. Chronic migraine (an impressive 12 migraines per month) and chronic fatigue syndrome. So referral to a local chronic fatigue clinic. I’m risking taking topiramate - it could cut migraines by half, compared to only a third with botox treatment. As I’ve had 2 other preventatives, if this doesn’t work, I can botox on the NHS - the risky bit is that it can make you depressed and it takes at least 3 months to start working. I’m getting naproxen as well as imigran and will be able to have 4 days of painkillers per week, instead of 2 days - whoop! (Nausea tablets are unlimited thank goodness). So, didn’t really want a CFS diagnosis and was pretty disappointed that I’m expected to keep feeling ill and the focus is on management and improving quality of life as much as possible - getting ‘better’ isn’t really on the table. As I’m used to the idea of lifetime management of my mental health, I’ll feel glum a bit, but it’s more integrating it into my current management - if I get Graded Exercise Therapy at the chronic fatigue clinic, that would be great as pacing and increasing my activity levels keeps being a two steps forward and one step back and I need a hand with that. My annoying mental health service is no longer my mental health service - although not entirely shut down, I got letter saying that I won’t be treated there as they will only treat people being case managed, so game over. I’ve spent over 2 years fighting to get case managed since my physical health plummeted and took my mental health with it. They’ve lost millions of pounds making a specialist ward - which was supposed to generate income. We’d had a cut of a third of everything while the ward was built, so the current cuts make the service pretty much not exist in anyway that it did before. My second experience of ‘make a formal complaint’ the ‘get kicked out of the service a couple of months later’. Not a conspiracy theory, just that I only complain after working to fix problems and things have to get really bad for a formal complaint. So flopping round exhausted after a trip to the London Clinic - they were absolutely fabulous and it was good to talk to experts. I’ll also be taking part in trialling a TMS machine because it’s fun and weird. So that’s my pacing 18 minutes on tumblr up! zzzzzz

Poorly update. Yesterday was finally my appointment at the National Migraine Clinic - after 3 months of daily diaries, supplements and diet changes and mindful yoga the verdict was in. Chronic migraine (an impressive 12 migraines per month) and chronic fatigue syndrome. So referral to a local chronic fatigue clinic. I’m risking taking topiramate - it could cut migraines by half, compared to only a third with botox treatment. As I’ve had 2 other preventatives, if this doesn’t work, I can botox on the NHS - the risky bit is that it can make you depressed and it takes at least 3 months to start working. I’m getting naproxen as well as imigran and will be able to have 4 days of painkillers per week, instead of 2 days - whoop! (Nausea tablets are unlimited thank goodness). So, didn’t really want a CFS diagnosis and was pretty disappointed that I’m expected to keep feeling ill and the focus is on management and improving quality of life as much as possible - getting ‘better’ isn’t really on the table. As I’m used to the idea of lifetime management of my mental health, I’ll feel glum a bit, but it’s more integrating it into my current management - if I get Graded Exercise Therapy at the chronic fatigue clinic, that would be great as pacing and increasing my activity levels keeps being a two steps forward and one step back and I need a hand with that. My annoying mental health service is no longer my mental health service - although not entirely shut down, I got letter saying that I won’t be treated there as they will only treat people being case managed, so game over. I’ve spent over 2 years fighting to get case managed since my physical health plummeted and took my mental health with it. They’ve lost millions of pounds making a specialist ward - which was supposed to generate income. We’d had a cut of a third of everything while the ward was built, so the current cuts make the service pretty much not exist in anyway that it did before. My second experience of ‘make a formal complaint’ the ‘get kicked out of the service a couple of months later’. Not a conspiracy theory, just that I only complain after working to fix problems and things have to get really bad for a formal complaint. So flopping round exhausted after a trip to the London Clinic - they were absolutely fabulous and it was good to talk to experts. I’ll also be taking part in trialling a TMS machine because it’s fun and weird. So that’s my pacing 18 minutes on tumblr up! zzzzzz

#Headspace - souped up mindfulness - cute ad

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The cupcake kid on Ellen

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Burston gardenn centre with fab sculptures & growing roof with alpine display

Burston gardenn centre with fab sculptures & growing roof with alpine display

(via How to make a bug box - Projects: Wildlife gardening - gardenersworld.com)
Tim Farley explains the potential harm in using alternative medicine  (via YANSS Podcast 017 – « You Are Not So Smart)

Tim Farley explains the potential harm in using alternative medicine (via YANSS Podcast 017 – « You Are Not So Smart)

So sweet, cookery for vegetarians who love a meat eater! Hoping I have energy to put this mac and cheese together for my poorly tum  (via The Best Macaroni & Cheese Ever | Kitchen Treaty)

So sweet, cookery for vegetarians who love a meat eater! Hoping I have energy to put this mac and cheese together for my poorly tum (via The Best Macaroni & Cheese Ever | Kitchen Treaty)

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This may be the most entertaining glitch ever.

Now with link to programme! :Changing Michael Mosley’s Brain #mindfulness #fMRI #CBM When Michael first came to us he said that he had always been quite pessimistic and would really like to become more optimistic. So, to try and help him overcome his pessimism and develop a more optimistic frame of mind we set him the task of undergoing mindfulness meditation as well as Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) “positivity training” at least three times a week over a seven-week period. Unfortunately, due to time constraints Michael had to do both techniques during the same 7-week period. This means that we cannot attribute any benefits to either technique. If Michael does improve it may be all due to mindfulness, all due to CBM, or perhaps due to the combination of both techniques. The theory is that the mindfulness part should help Michael to learn to control his response to stress, improving his ability to focus and helping him to relax. The CBM part should target his unconscious tendencies to seek out the bad news. Watch the programme here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3LXQ4nrFco

Now with link to programme! :Changing Michael Mosley’s Brain #mindfulness #fMRI #CBM When Michael first came to us he said that he had always been quite pessimistic and would really like to become more optimistic. So, to try and help him overcome his pessimism and develop a more optimistic frame of mind we set him the task of undergoing mindfulness meditation as well as Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) “positivity training” at least three times a week over a seven-week period. Unfortunately, due to time constraints Michael had to do both techniques during the same 7-week period. This means that we cannot attribute any benefits to either technique. If Michael does improve it may be all due to mindfulness, all due to CBM, or perhaps due to the combination of both techniques. The theory is that the mindfulness part should help Michael to learn to control his response to stress, improving his ability to focus and helping him to relax. The CBM part should target his unconscious tendencies to seek out the bad news. Watch the programme here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3LXQ4nrFco

Feel free to download the following meditations for your personal use. They are intended to guide you through the first phase of mindful self-compassion training

Feel free to download the following meditations for your personal use. They are intended to guide you through the first phase of mindful self-compassion training

Conversations on Compassion: Jon Kabat-Zinn
CCARE at Stanford University CCARE at Stanford University

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