Do you want to take care of your mental health in these transition times? Do you feel tired and exhausted, or have difficulties concentrating with all that's going on? Do you get stressed by the overwhelming quantity of tasks and demands that you face every day? Are you wondering how you can find some peace of mind in the midst of the busyness of your life?
After many months of restrictions due to the pandemic we are now in a period of transition. While it is great to move towards normality, these transition times can be quite stressful. For many, the pandemic has been exhausting due to a decreased division between work and private life and the additional efforts the new situation required. Some are grieving the loss of loved ones or are suffering mental illness as a consequence of these difficult times. To others, the new freedom is a little frightening and they are still trying to figure out what feels safe.
According to WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of millions of people with close to one billion people suffering from mental illness in the world. Depression, burnout and anxiety have almost doubled in 2020 compared to 2019.
However, if our attention rests a lot on worrying thoughts, chances are high that we spend most of our time in this alert state, which is deteriorating for our body and mind. On a longer term, it can lead to physical illness, burnout, depression or anxiety disorder.
It is therefore more important than ever to cultivate mental resources such as mindfulness, positivity and self-compassion – and learn how to ground yourself. Mindfulness can help you to adapt in this changing environment and to increase your resilience towards everything life sends your way.
Mindfulness can help you stay sane in difficult times
Scientific research has shown that most people who practice mindfulness report lasting physical and psychological benefits, including:
- Finding inner calm in the midst of the turbulences of life
- An increased ability to cope with stress
- Increased focus and concentration
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Cultivating inner qualities of compassion, gratitude and care for oneself and others
- Heightened self-confidence and the feeling of being more in control of life
- An increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations
- A greater sense of overall wellbeing
- Improved sleep and immune system
The benefits of taking a in-person mindfulness course
Taking an in-person mindfulness course allows you to feel connected to and surrounded by others, all the while learning to meditate or deepening your practice together. You will benefit from a nice location in the centre of Brussels and from the energy of meditating together. Delicious organic teas will be offered at every session. You will receive an e-book and a syllabus in printed format. You can also join the parallel online session, should you miss a class.
To ensure your comfort and safety during our activities, we follow all recommended sanitary guidelines set by the government. Among others, we take the following health measures for in-person activities:
- Small groups to allow enough space between participants during all activities
- Amenities to wash and disinfect your hands regularly
- Locations are cleaned and ventilated several times a day
- Possibility for outdoor meditations whenever the weather allows it
- Use of masks for indoor activities, in accordance with the local requirements
- Participants are required to stay at home when experiencing symptoms or when in situations that require respecting quarantine measures
Please note that we monitor any change in corona measures and apply them as soon as required by the authorities. This may require us to make changes to our planned events and courses.
Among others, we offer mindfulness-based courses on the following topics:
- 8-week beginner's mindfulness course "Finding peace in a frantic world": learn how to feel less stressed and live more in the present moment
- 8-week or intensive mindful parenting course: learn how to be the parent you would like to be and be kind to yourself and your children
- 8-week interpersonal mindfulness course: learn how to relate to others in a more mindful way, increase your presence and improve your communication skills. This is a follow-up course for people having followed the beginners course
- 8-week positive neuroplasticity course: learn how to rewire your brain towards more happiness, contentment and resilience with the help of neuroscience and positive neuroplasticity
- Weekly in-person group sessions of 1.5 to 2.5 hours
- Lots of practical exercises to build mindfulness into your daily schedule without needing to invest extra time
- Programmes based on the scientifically validated programmes
- Course led by experienced and certified mindfulness teachers
- In-between emails to deepen your learning
- Lifetime access to almost 200 guided meditations by our teachers
- The possibility to join another group if you miss a session
We can organise the same type of course specifically for organisations. Contact us if you would like to bring an in-person course into your workplace.
We believe that mindfulness skills can make this world a better place, not only because it helps to improve individual wellbeing, but also because it leads to wiser choices and more kindness in this world.