Sometimes we just need to take a pause when life gets difficult and allow ourselves a moment of clarity and choice.
GEORGE is the name of a Mindfulness Special Interest Group in Herefordshire based at St Michaels Hospice, that has been running for more than 4 years with the aim of exploring Mindfulness and Mindfulness-related interventions in health care. The group have been working together to develop a practical tool to support people dealing with anxiety and particularly anxiety linked to challenging health conditions.
The tool, the Pause Key Fob, has a set of simple activities on a keyring which aim to interrupt the anxiety response. The activities connect the mind with the body and the breath and feedback to date supports our aim that it helps people feel calmer.
Whilst the key fob is still in development, the current challenges of the coronavirus outbreak made us decide to share our prototype more widely now in the hope that it may help people who are experiencing anxiety either in an acute setting or just coping with the stresses of the pandemic at home.
You can download more information on the fob and activities below and if you are feeling creative you can make your own key fob and use it yourself or share with others.
We would be grateful if you could provide us with some feedback to help us to further develop the tool and if you would like to make a small donation we have set up Just Giving pages for St Michaels Hospice in Hereford and NHS Charities Together (see below) to support the charities through the coronavirus outbreak.
We have also been busy making prototypes and you can order a fob which will be posted to you for £3 with user instructions. £2 will be donated to the charities below and £1 will cover costs of materials and postage. To order please visit the contact page of the website. Once your order is received you will receive an email with a PayPal link to make payment.
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