Mindfulness course to help manage difficult times

DORSET HealthCare’s ‘Steps to Wellbeing’ service is offering a free mindfulness course in the autumn, open to anyone registered with a Dorset GP.

This will be led by Ellie Sturrock, a senior therapist who works regularly in Lyme Regis and is a member of the National Network of Mindfulness Teachers.

Mindfulness helps us to live with a fuller awareness of life and an ability to relate to the difficult bits with greater kindness and clarity. It improves our ability to break unhelpful patterns and to grow new ones.

We also start to enjoy the simple things and give up desires for the things we can’t have and can’t be. Mindfulness can help people with anxiety and/or depressive symptoms, or who live with some form of difficulty. This could be in the internal world, such as cancer diagnosis, back pain, an ageing body, or the external, including family problems, boredom, no spare time.

A short taster session for anyone interested in the course will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 10am to 11.30am at Lyme Regis Medical Centre. The full course comprises eight sessions from 10am to 12.30pm on successive Thursdays, starting on Thursday, September 12, also at the medical centre.

If you’re interested, ideally phone 0300 790 6828 and request an assessment for Ellie’s mindfulness course, but this is not essential; you can turn up for the taster session even if you haven’t called for the assessment.

Ellie said: “Just come anyway. We’d rather people in than out!”

Commitments to the full course will be made after the taster session. For people in our area this is a special opportunity which may not come again for a while.

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