Our popular Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Course run by Archway owner Alec Welton is returning in November as a six-week programme exclusively for men.  Men suffer just as much stress and other mental-health related problems as women, but are less likely to seek help. This course is designed to help redress that balance in a male-only environment to help men take a proactive role in managing stress.Man looking at lake

Men and mental health

A recent YouGov survey of over 2500 people who had suffered mental health issues showed that 28% of men reported not seeking medical help compared to 19% of women. In addition to that, more than a third of men said they’d waited more than two years or had never confided in friends and family at all, compared to only a quarter of women. Whether men are struggling to cope with the demands of everyday life or suffering from a more serious mental health issue, learning mindfulness techniques can be a simple, practical and effective way to cope with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues on a day-to-day basis.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about taking a moment, learning to be able to slow down our automatic responses, being able to better soother ourselves and find greater steadiness now.  Mindfulness works on the premise that most of our stress is associated with what has already happened and can’t be changed, or what could possibly happen, which can’t be predicted and isn’t happening now. Potential stressors will always arise in our day-to-day however we can learn to notice them and respond to them differently and then we find we can cope with stress far more effectively.

How does mindfulness work?

Alec’s course focuses on teaching the principles and practice of mindfulness meditation. The word ‘meditation’ can conjure up images of retreating to a silent room for hours on end to achieve a zen-like state. However, although mindfulness can involve more prolonged meditation, the strategies Alec will focus on involve more practical techniques that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. You will also learn useful mindfulness strategies for stressful moments when you feel things are spiralling out of control. In short, rather than mindfulness being a concept you try to concentrate on away from your day-to-day life, you will leave the course with the tools you need to make it an integral part of how you approach life every day.

How can mindfulness benefit men?

The good news is that anyone can learn mindfulness techniques and benefit from its hugely positive benefits for quality of life which include:

  • Psychological and emotional wellbeing
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Better ability to manage difficult situations
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Better health and vitality
  • Improved sleep

Mindfulness for Men at Archway Health Hub

The Mindfulness for Men course will run for 6 weeks from Thursday November 1st at 6.45pm and the cost is £120. To find out more, please call reception on 01858 410820 or book here.