About Mindfulness Approach and our work
the mindfulness approach was founded by Anna Zannides
Anna is a member of the Mindfulness Association trained to deliver the eight week Mindfulness Based Living course. She started practicing Mindfulness as a way to better cope with her personal struggles, especially after her thirty year marriage ended. Seeing the impact Mindfulness had on her life, she decided to train to teach others how to use Mindfulness approaches to develop resiliance and self compassion.
Anna's philosophy is that self acceptance and self kindness is fundamental to a healthy mind. Her approach, the Mindfulness Approach, is rooted in self-compassion. She assists clients in developing techniques and actions to enhance their awareness as to what is, rather than what was or what should be. Her work principally centres on facing loss and journeying through transitioning stages with authenticity, courage and grace.
Anna has a background in education where she taught in secondary state schools for a decade. She spent several years working as an education adviser nationally supporting schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
Anna lived in Cyprus for many years and had various roles in large off shore companies, including finance and shipping. As such she has an understanding of the pressure that comes with working in the business environment.
Anna adheres to the good practice guidelines for Mindfulness teachers. As a member of the Mindfulness Association she regularly attends professional development courses and retreats.
At the Mindfulness Approach we work with people that are in need of the necessary compassion and support to deal with varying degrees of pain and suffering. From relationship struggles to terminal illness, we are experienced in helping to alleviate the anxiety and depression that can follow a trauma or life change.
Through retreats, workshops, bespoke courses or one-to-one sessions, we help people introduce Mindfulness into their daily lives in order to cope better and be happier.
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
- It lowers stress. Research shows that Mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- It allows us get to know our true selves. Mindfulness can help us see beyond those rose-colored glasses when we need to really objectively analyse ourselves.
- It improves cognitive function. Cultivating mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function, with widereaching consequences.
- It helps people with arthritis. Even though Mindfulness training may not help lessen pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis, it can help to lower stress and fatigue levels.
- It helps us sleep better. Mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night.
- It protects our brain. Integrative body-mind training can result in brain changes that may be protective against mental illness.
- It has four elements that help us in different ways: body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention.
- It makes us better people. The practice can make us more compassionate.
- It can help make cancer just a little less stressful. Mindfulness can successfully decrease stress symptoms among people with cancer.
- It lowers depression among risk demographics. Practising Mindfulness helps people experience less stress, anxiety and depression during difficult times (pregnancy, teenage years, trauma).
- It supports weight-loss goals. It has been considered an excellent strategy for weight loss.