Imagine you have a headache. You probably will take a paracetamol. The headache subsides. Great. But then it comes back. You now have to take 2 paracetamols for the headache to subside. But it comes back again.
At some point, it is best to start looking for the underlying reasons why the headache keeps coming back and then treat these underlying causes.
This is how MindStrength works. We don’t focus on the symptoms, like stress, trouble sleeping, anxiety, feeling depressed, feeling dissatisfied with life etc. etc. we focus on the underlying mechanisms of the symptoms. Yes, when you start our programme you will experience symptom relief and you will notice changes in how you feel, but you are doing something bigger than that.
You are building the four key skills that allow you to live a life with more ease, wellbeing and happiness. These are the skills of focus, awareness, appreciation and kindness. These four skills have been extensively researched and are all proven to be critical for our mental wellbeing and health. MindStrength brings them together in our unique approach.
- Increased concentration.
- Calm your mind.
- Increased flexibility of your mind.
- Have a shorter and less intense stress response.
- Understand your mind.
- Recognise and change habbits and mind patterns.
- Know and change your own stress response.
Focus and Awareness, allow you to create a foundation of calm and understanding of your mind. From this foundation you can start to train your mind towards constructive mind-modes that ensure your mind is your ally in life. This is done through the themes of Appreciation and Kindness.
- Feel happier and more satisfied.
- Increased optimism.
- Increase tollerance of pain and stress and reduce their impact on your life.
- Experience positive health effects of practicing kindness.
- Increase connectedness with others.
- Increase release ‘feel good hormone’.
- Better relationship with self.
Using different learning techniques for the best results
MindStrength uses different techniques that support learning. You might find that one technique resonates more with you than another. However, all of them are valuable, even if you do not naturally move towards them, it is worthwhile to try them all. The techniques are based on psychological models, like cognitive behavioural therapy and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, ACT, Positive Psychology and others.
MindStrength focusses on intellectual and experiential learning and on learning through behavioural change. This trains and stimulates the brain and mind in different ways.
You are your own best researcher
MindStrength itself is not a scientific endeavour. At MindStrength we believe that you are your own best researcher and you can try out our different exercises and see how they resonate with you. In our own personal journey to live with more ease and wellbeing, we have found that all four elements have played a major role – but not all at the same time, or all of them all the time. It is a bit mix and match, which is why our library and weekly updates are also a mix of meditations, readings, audios, movement and mental exercises.
Also, you know best how you are doing and what helps you and what doesn’t – keeping in mind that the most challenging exercises can be the most helpful! MindStrength is not therapy, nor is it intended for people who are currently struggling with severe mental illnesses. If you are in doubt, you can contact us, and we can schedule a short chat to see what route is best for you.
The Key values MindStrength stands for:
- Authenticity. We offer information and tools that are based on scientific evidence, real life experience and are made with love.
- Integrity. We will not promise you things that cannot be achieved and we strive to engage you with real messages, not false promises.
- Quality. The tools and the experience of our website and other services will be based on science and the most up to date information and research.
- Respect and Kindness. To our clients, to ourselves, to our world and to our experience.
- Relatable. We are all our own experts, and we are all human, we all make mistakes, we all have good and bad days. MindStrength will always keep it real, and not aim for perfection.
References for MindStrength
A lot of research has been, and is being, conducted around the different elements of MindStrength. This body of research stems from Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Neuro-Psychology, Positive Psychology and others. The books and websites here are organised by MindStrength theme. Some of them have been used for more than that one theme.
- Contemplating Mindfulness at work: an integrative review. Good, D. Journal of Management 2016
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for depression. (2012) Segl, Z. Williams, M. Teasdale, J.
- Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. (2011) Williams, M. Penman, D. \
- Full Catastrophe Living, using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain and illness (2013). Kabat-Zinn, J.
- The Science of Enlightenment, Young, S. (2016)
- Thinking Fast and Slow, (2011). Kahneman, D.
- The Power of Habit. Why we do what we do and how to change (2012). Duhigg. C.
- An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: skills and applications (2011).Westbrook, D; Kennerley, H, Kirk, J.
- Altered Traits (2017). Goleman, D. and Davidson, R.
- Heal thy self (2000) Santorelli, S.
- Insight Meditation, Goldstein, J.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2016). The process and practice of mindful change. Hayes, S. Strosahl, K. Wilson, K.
- Happiness, Thich Nhat Hanh
- Daring Greatly, Brown, B.
- Authentic Happiness (2002), Seligman, M.
- The happiness Trap, Harris, R.
- Rick Hanson, PhD: www.rickhanson.net
- Summer Alan PhD: UC Berkeley, The Greater Science Centre – the science of gratitude. https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf
- Harvard Health: Giving thanks makes you happier https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier
- Handboek Poitieve Psychologie, Theorie, Onderzoek, Toepassingen. Bohlmeijer, E; Bolier, L.; Westerhof, G.; Walburg J.A. (2013)
- Love 2.0. (2013) Fredrickson, B.
- MindSight (2010) Siegel, D.
- Self-Compassion (2011) Neff, K.
- Compassion Focussed therapy (2010). Gilbert, P.
- The Mindful path to self-compassion (2009). Germer, C.
- The compassionate Mind (2009) Gilbert, P.