Bamford was founded on the philosophy that ‘wellbeing’ is a state that affects our body and mind, and that in order to be well – to be happy and healthy – we need to nurture the two in tandem.
In the past few years, the practice of mindfulness has come to the fore in discussions around wellness and has been greatly praised for its ability to make us more focused, creative, successful, and in the case of meditation, lower our stress levels and manage our capacity to cope with pain.
According to the world health organization, around 3.6% of the global population currently suffers from an anxiety disorder. However, studies have shown that meditation practice does alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
Rooted in Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment and embrace it rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. It is a meditative practice in which you observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad, rather you accept them for what they are. Mindful practices range from short exercises where you simply focus on your breath, to more considered, disciplined practice, such as meditation.