Mindfulness and CBT


What is Mindfulness?

As human beings, we spend a lot of time brooding on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives a the present moment, helping us to respond to life's pressures in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. Although Mindfulness may have had its origins in the past, the benefits of mindfulness and meditation are now relatively mainstream and the scientific community has found data positively correlating mindfulness and meditation to stress reduction (Mindfulnet.org)
Here are some links to some popular Mindfulness apps:
  • Headspace: Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.
  • Smiling Mind:  Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all.
  • Mindfulness Daily: Being mindful is often out of reach when we need it most. Mindfulness Daily helps you build a practice with just a few minutes sprinkled throughout your busy day.


What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. CBT is a way of changing behaviours, and / or thinking patterns.


What can CBT help with?

CBT is recommended in the treatment of the following conditions:
  • anxiety disorders (including panic)
  • depression
  • stress
  • chronic fatigue
  • behavioural difficulties
  • anxiety disorders in children
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management


Links to on-line CBT sites