Mindfulness facilitator Business and Education
COVID-19 RELATED WELLBEING RESOURCES
In these difficult and uncertain times it is very normal to experience strong emotions and thoughts. Perspective taking through mindfulness practice can be a great source of comfort and nourishment. Below is a selection of online mediation sessions which are led by qualified instructors and are freely available to support you (some are offered 'live' and others are available as recordings.) There is no obligation to speak, contribute or identify yourself (to the wider audience.)
THE WORLDWIDE ONLINE SIT
Over the course of a weekly 40-minute session, a teaching is offered, followed by meditation (the "sit," silent or guided) and optional group sharing
OXFORD MINDFULNESS CENTRE (OMC)
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is offering free weekly mindful practice sessions. They are held every Wednesday evening, 7pm - 8pm BST, via Zoom, require no prior mindfulness experience and provide the opportunity to be part of the OMC community. There is a participant limit set at 500.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS
Often life can feel like walking a tightrope and things can lose perspective. Mindfulness can help us to be fully present and alive in the ‘now’ and to pay attention in a non-judgemental way. Rather than worrying about what
has happened or might happen, mindfulness trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now. This helps break the grip of unhelpful mental habits and impulses, making way for calmer, kinder and more rational thinking.
Sheila Ryan BA
Having worked in the voluntary, business, health and education arenas I am acutely aware of the importance of looking after mental health. Building on my work and life experience as well as over 25 years of personal mediation, I am well qualified to create and deliver bespoke Mindfulness in the Workplace programmes as part of company wellbeing initiatives. In addition, I am a certified Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) Paws b teacher and have extensive experience of delivering mindfulness programmes in the primary school setting, a sector I have worked in for over 10 years.
MINDFULNESS FACILITATION & COURSES
Below are some of the services I provide. However, I also offer talks, workshops, tasters and sitting groups.
MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Mindfulness is increasingly being used in business to improve staff wellbeing and satisfaction, with the following effects being reported:
– Decreased emotional exhaustion
– Increased wellbeing
– Reduced stress
– Improved relationships
– Clearer thinking
– Increased job satisfaction
My work with businesses is tailored to the needs of individual companies and I work closely with management and others (eg, HR) to ensure that programmes are focused in the correct areas.
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS COURSE (6 WEEKS) FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE
Would you like first-hand experience of mindfulness? Would you like to get insight into how mindfulness can have an impact on personal and professional wellbeing?
Whether you are a sole trader who wants to look after your personal wellbeing, work for a small company that cannot offer in-house mindfulness sessions, or work for a larger company that wants to learn more, this course is the perfect introduction to mindfulness.
discover the origins of mindfulness and its relevance for modern life
explore a range of mindful approaches and techniques in a safe and welcoming environment
provide you with support in nurturing a personal mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness 2gether offers mindfulness as a life-skill by helping children and parents/carers to:
Learn what mindfulness is/isn’t.
Explore good posture and bring our awareness to the breath
Understand the nature of our mind and how it can be trained
Explore what makes our mind ‘fizz’ and how mindfulness can help settle it
Learn about our brain structure and how it influences our actions
Explore how mindfulness can make eating a more rewarding experience
Notice sensations in our bodies as well as our surroundings
Learn how to be compassionate and show gratitude to ourselves and others
MINDFULNESS IN SCHOOLS
A mindfulness course, for 7–11 year old children, crafted by classroom teachers and mindfulness experts
Mindfulness is learned through practical experience
Six themes are taught with striking visuals, film clips and engaging activities
Paws b offers mindfulness as a life skill, helping children and teachers to
Feel happier & calmer
Get on better with others
Concentrate and learn better
Cope with stress and anxiety
MINDFULNESS FOR THE ONLINE WORKPLACE COMMUNITY
Would your staff benefit from developing mindfulness skills to help navigate these challenging and unpredictable times?
These online mindfulness sessions have been specifically designed to introduce topics such as awareness of body, breath and sound, self-care and approaching difficult emotions such as worry and anxiety. Sessions run for 30 mins. comprising a brief teaching and 20 min. contemplation.
Support mental health and wellbeing of staff who are working from home or furloughed
Introduce principles of mindfulness
Learn a range of practical mindfulness strategies for everyday use
“The sessions were a nice help through COVID19 to give everybody a little pick up and balancing.... everybody got good benefit.” MD, BluePoint Laboratories
“Sheila has a wonderfully calming demeanour and staff have been very keen to revisit the sessions on a weekly basis... feedback has been very positive.”
Company Director, Harts Ltd, Chartered Accountants
The evidence for mindfulness
MINDFULNESS LEADS TO GREATER WELLBEING
The connection between mindfulness and well-being has been a consistent finding in almost 10 years of research. One study found that two weeks of mindfulness training increased well-being, decreased emotional exhaustion at work, and even increased job satisfaction (Hulsheger et al., 2012).
Mindfulness has been found to increase brain cortex thickness and activation in regions associated with emotional awareness and emotion management (Tang et al., 2015)
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE CORRELATES WITH BETTER TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP
MINDFULNESS CAN LEAD TO MORE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE THINKING
In a survey conducted by the Institute of Mindful Leadership, 93% of leaders reported that mindfulness training helped them create space for innovation, and nearly 70% said it helped them to think strategically (Institute for Mindful Leadership Survey)
What Clients Are Saying
I really enjoyed the sessions, it was great to learn how something as simple as focusing on breathing can have such a calming effect.
I loved mindfulness – after such a tough year, I was happy that we had the opportunity to take part in this as it was something I had been wanting to do. I always felt so relaxed and refreshed after taking part and it’ll definitely be something I continue.
The course was great when the group was situated at the office, Shelia created a nice, calm environment for us all and managed to get the group to speak openly.
Here is a selection of resources that you may find helpful.