Stress is a major issue in health, social care and custodial environments, where vulnerable people can be challenged by the situations in which they find themselves and react in ways that erode their well-being further and place high demands on the staff supporting them.
This unique resource provides an eight session programme for reducing stress reactivity through the practice of mindfulness. The aim is to increase awareness of thoughts, moods and physical sensations and respond to situations with choice, rather than having personal 'buttons' pushed and triggering old and unhelpful ways of responding.
The accumulative effects of stress reactivity, compounded by unhelpful ways of dealing with it, can lead to breakdown in one form or another - physical illness, recurrent depression, relationship breakdown, violent outbursts or even suicide. Caught in a vicious cycle, it can seem just the way life is, that there is no other way. However, the practice of mindfulness can help individuals to become aware of personal patterns of reacting, to regulate mood and recognise that they more options and resources than they realise. This leads on to creating strategies to cope with stress in healthy ways.
The mindfulness-based therapy programme can be introduced to individuals or groups in health, social care and criminal justice settings, including mental health in-patient and community services, family support services, rehabilitation centres and prisons. The resource manual provides full guidance on running the programme in these contexts, and additional guidance for working with autistic people and those with attention defecit or mild learning disabilities. It contains photocopiable worksheets and notes for those participating in the programme.