The concept of mindfulness is simple: it means paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. Your normal default mode is to spend a lot of time and energy in the past, often regretting and ruminating over the day’s events and worrying about what has happened. This leads to patients experiencing a range of conditions from stress and anxiety to pain, weight loss and sleep issues. Mindfulness enables you to break free of this cycle.
(med)24’s mindfulness services are overseen by DR. AFROSA AHMED (MBBS MRCGP DCH) a GP with over 15 years experience in both the NHS and private practice who is also an accredited teacher on the UK Mindfulness Teachers’ register. Your first session works to identify current problems and symptoms which you are experiencing, pinpoint the major stressors in your life and detail how these are affecting you.
Each subsequent one-hour session in the course includes:
- A review of your progress
- A formal mindfulness meditation session
- Teaching informal mindfulness practices you can use in your everyday life, to help protect you against whatever life throws your way
- Principles of mindfulness
- journals for reflection and gratitude work
In addition, each patient will receive a personalised mindfulness meditation audio session to enable them to continue their practice between appointments. These individual sessions will leave you feeling mentally refreshed and rejuvenated while over the longer term the course will work to reprogramme your thought processes and the way that you respond to day to day life – enabling real, significant change and growth to occur. The mindfulness advocated by Dr Ahmed at (med)24 is built on a long-standing body of evidence-based research, and is advocated by the NHS and the government body NICE. Any person can practice mindfulness, regardless of belief or background, and anyone can benefit from strengthening their ability to focus on the present moment. Mindfulness can enable you to stop surviving. Start living.