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A CHANCE to learn how to take better care of yourself and get the most out of life is being offered in Dumfries from next Wednesday.

Nithsdale Health Improvement Team are preparing to launch a new free, run of the Mindfulness Course, which is an interactive approach helping to change the way we think about experiences in our life – especially stressful ones.

Public health practitioner Tina Gibson will help to deliver the eight sessions. Explaining more, she said: “To deliver the course you have to practice mindfulness – meditating twice a day. For me, it’s made me calmer, happier and just lighter. It’s helped me to understand that I don’t know what everyone else is thinking, made me less judgmental and helped me to sleep better.”

She outlined the main benefits as an improvement in concentration levels, the ability to step back and see things more clearly, coping better with negative thoughts and the ability to relax. Tina claims the sessions will help participants gain a better understanding of their thought patterns and feelings, so they become more aware of them but less occupied by them and better able to manage them, as well as learning how to take better care of themselves and get the most out of living. She notes the majority of people who take part in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) course report lasting physical and psychological benefits.

To get the most out of the course, participants must be able to commit to attending all eight sessions. And they will be expected to make a commitment to doing daily home practice of approximately 20 minutes during the eight weeks of the course.

It takes place at Georgetown Community Centre on January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, and March 7 and 14, from 10-12 noon. To find out more contact Tina on 07736955498 or email

COURSE LEADER . . . Tina Gibson

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