Stress, Mindfulness and Depression

‘Our fast-paced lives tend not to be good for us. Stress has a huge impact on our society. Many of our physical ailments are stress-related – whether we suffer from heart disease, depression, headaches or high blood pressure.

‘And so the age-old but newly revived topic of mindfulness presents itself. At its most basic, mindfulness is ‘being here, right now’.

After years of struggling with the trauma of depression and rising doses of antidepressants, Kathy Andrews, 48, found out about mindfulness therapy. Since taking a course more than two years ago, she has yet to suffer a relapse and has been able to cut down on her treatment.

“My depression comes from getting overwhelmed with hard feelings, whether it’s pain or frustration or irritability. Now I don’t feel overwhelmed by everything.

“Mindfulness means learning how to recognize what’s going on internally and externally.” ‘

(The Times)

Why not try Exercise 1 (previous post) ? Try it as you start or end the day, during your lunch break or as a pause between activities. You may be delighted with the results.

Don’t accept or reject any suggestions you read here – keep an open mind and try it out for yourself. It’s simple, free and effective.

Be kind and gentle with yourself. There is no list of ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ here. Try it when you remember. If you remember once an hour, or a day, or a week or a year, that’s OK. Living in the now is not about doing. It is about being.




About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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