Mindfulness and Meditation

Page written and resources collated by Naomi Saxton, Wellbeing Practitioner

Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don't have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs, to try it.

It aims to help you:

  • become more self-aware
  • feel calmer and less stressed
  • feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
  • cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
  • be kinder towards yourself.


Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description Details 
Pocket Mindfulness exercises Blog, with simple guidance and information. The link explains 6 simple exercises / ideas to try using different techniques/ senses
Mindfulness (Mind) explanation of mindfulness, simple exercises and tips on how to get the best out of them 10 page downloadable pdf
Mindful Journal ideas for mindful writing/ journalling Blog
9 attitudes to Mindfulness You tube clips
Mindfulness Guru Jon Kabat Zinn talks about The 9 attitudes to Mindfulness
YouTube video 26 mins
Body Scan (mindfulness meditation) Jon Kabat Zinn leads a mindfulness meditation YouTube video 29 mins


Android or iOS Apps (most apps that we recommend are those suggested in the NHS Apps Library)

App Description Details 
Calm Daily Calm sessions to help you unwind and re focus Free and upgraded options at a cost
Headspace Essentials of meditation and mindfulness - 10 part basics course is free. Free app with options to subscribe / upgrade.
Insight Timer 25,000 guided meditations, arranged in different headings for different purposes and applications. Choose by time, or type, or different kinds of practices Free

Places to get help

Local and national organisations, websites

Resource Description
Mindfulness and Me sessions (from Student Wellbeing)

The Student Wellbeing Service offers a range of mindfulness sessions, which are separate, but share a common theme. Learn mindfulness, apply mindfulness through Yoga or think about mindfulness through the 5 ways to wellbeing.
Centre For Mindful Life Enhancement

Social Enterprise, introducing people to the principles and practices of mindful life enhancement. Using meditation, mindful movement and informal practices. Through these practices we have the ambition to help people interact more effectively and positively with the world around them. Offer Courses at SHU
Fiona Watson Mindfulness Offers courses in Sheffield including free taster sessions
Kadampa Meditation Centre Sheffield Offers free meditation sessions and workshops/ courses.
Situated in easy reach near Endcliffe Park.

Other things you might want to think about

  • YouTube offers a wide range of guided meditations - try searching 'guided meditation for…. anxiety/ sleep/ self compassion etc and try a few to see which voices and styles you prefer.
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