Fiona McKechnie completed mindfulness training with Bangor University in 2016 and our colleagues, Rebecca Crane and Taravajra, have written the foreword to her new book Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Managing Fatigue is based on an 8-week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy programme, and addresses the increasing need for adapted mindfulness in the management of ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, Long Covid, and other chronic fatigue conditions.
Using current understanding and theoretical approaches to Long Covid and ME/ CFS, the book allows practitioners to understand how they can adapt their teaching to accommodate patients with specific needs and challenges, including adaptations for brain fog, approaches to rest, movement, daily activity and accompanying difficult thoughts and emotions. Contributions from people who manage ME, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue through mindfulness are included alongside practical guidance and detailed week-by-week session plans whether that’s in-person or online. This workshop will highlight the challenges of living with a fatigue syndrome, with an overview of the adaptations and short mindfulness practices discussed in the book will be offered throughout. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Mindfulness-based Therapy for Fatigue has been developed within the Bristol NHS ME and Pain Management Service. It is an adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The adaptations have been developed over the past 12 years with participant collaboration and service evaluation.
Who is the event for?
The event and the book would be of interest to mindfulness
teachers who wish to understand more about fatigue syndromes and adaptations of
MBCT and MBSR and to therapists who specialise in fatigue wishing to learn more
about a mindfulness-based approach to fatigue management. The book goes into detail about the ways in
which self-management strategies outlined in current NICE guidance (2022) can
be supported by a mindfulness-based approach.
This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. The Committee ensures that the MNCF can best serve everyone by providing opportunities to practice and learn together.
Read more about the mindfulness for fatigue programme