Mindfulness meditation is an approach that can help you change the way you think about different experiences. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It helps you to pay attention to the present moment using techniques such as meditation, breathing and yoga. You are encouraged to become aware of your thoughts and feelings, without making judgements about them.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are both mindfulness techniques. They use meditation, yoga and breathing techniques along with some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. The aim is to help you change your thought patterns. Cognitive (thinking) therapy focuses on the ‘here and now’ difficulties. It looks for ways to change your current state of mind so that your thoughts are more positive.
There are a few centres in the UK that offer mindfulness classes on the NHS. They may also be available through your hospital.