Participate in Headspace 'Mindfulness Meditation Project'

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30 / 10 / 2014 9.48am

The Care Maker Programme and Headspace have partnered to undertake a unique project around looking after the health of your mind with mindfulness meditation.  

How can mindfulness meditation help you?

For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. International scientific research suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through as little as 10 minutes of meditation per day, effectively tackles stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. It leads to peace of mind and wellbeing, greater focus and creativity and better relationships, as well as a strengthened immune system and improved cardiovascular health. All of this can also have a huge beneficial impact on the way we work and interact with colleagues, patients and members of patients' families. Having a clearer mind will not only benefit each of you as individuals but also all those you come in contact with. Headspace makes it as easy as possible to access these benefits by offering a no-nonsense, entirely secular, engaging and bite-sized training in mindfulness.

We have agreed to trial Headspace with a group of Care Makers who will complete two short surveys as part of the project. The results of these surveys will be analysed by Headspace and anonymous findings shared.

What’s involved?

  • The Headspace research project requires a group of Care Makers to commit to daily meditation of just 10 minutes per day, for a 30 day period. Starting on 17 November 2014 and concluding on 16 December 2014. 
  • Participants must have access to a smartphone, either Apple or Android as the project involves the daily use of the Headspace app for meditation sessions. There is also a website option, if this is more convenient for individuals. 
  • Care Makers that take part in the research will be invited to attend a webinar on Wednesday 12 November 2014  4-5pm, where they will find out more information. The main consideration is being able to commit to doing 10 minutes practice as often as possible - ideally every day. All participates will be required to complete a 15 minute online survey prior to the project commencing and also a further survey at the end of the project. There is no cost to participants.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to this exciting field of research and do something straightforward to look after the health of your mind. We encourage as many Care Makers as possible to register their interest.

Next steps

Please email caremakers@nhsemployers.org by Wednesday 5 November 2014 to confirm your interest.

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