June 22, 2020

University of Aberdeen offers free online mindfulness course

The University of Aberdeen has launched a free online course in mindfulness to help people cope with the mental health challenges heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online course is free of charge and open to everyone. It provides an introduction to mindfulness and shares how to use tools and techniques to help build resilience and wellbeing, and it can be accessed at any time.

Colette Savage, the course co-ordinator from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Education explains: “Our brains are not wired for uncertainty and lack of control, both of which are key features of the current Covid-19 situation. This creates a lot of challenges both mentally and emotionally. There are, however, effective mindful tools and techniques, which can sustain and nourish our mental and emotional resilience and wellbeing, positively restructuring our brains, whilst dealing with these two issues.” She continues, “We are delighted to be have the opportunity to share these techniques during this course, which is available for enrolment immediately.”

The mindfulness course will cover three key elements:

How to keep the mind focussed by paying attention to the present
How to use breathing to increase resilience
How to build positive emotions and thoughts

Vice-Principal for Education at the University of Aberdeen, Ruth Taylor, comments, “In these challenging times it is so important that we find ways to look after ourselves. Through Colette’s expertise, I am delighted that we are able to offer a way to support good mental health and wellbeing. I would encourage everyone to enrol in this free course and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”

Find out more about the Free Mindfulness Course.

For support in accessing the course or if you have any questions about the University of Aberdeen’s other On-demand Learning courses, please email: onlinelearning@abdn.ac.uk

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Content added on 22nd June 2020. 

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