Mindfulness (sometimes called mindfulness mediation) is an approach that can help you to change the way you think about your experiences.
It helps people to focus on the present moment to try to reduce stress and improve quality of life and you are encouraged to become aware of your thoughts and feelings, without making judgements about them.
Some people believe that by being mindful, we become more aware of the sights, smells, sounds and tastes that are around us at any one time, as well as the thoughts and feelings that happen from one moment to the next.
There are a few NHS cancer centres in the UK that offer mindfulness classes. These classes might use Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which combines cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness. The aim is to help you change your thought patterns. Cognitive (thinking) therapy focuses on the ‘here and now’ difficulties. It looks for ways to change your current state of mind so that your thoughts are more positive.