If you're living with a condition and being supported by any of the charities listed below, whether you have it yourself or you're supporting a close family member, you will likely be dealing with a lot of stress and uncertainty. Brought to you as part of the Better Together Alliance Project, this course is designed to help you to deal with the emotional burden of living with these conditions. 


We can’t always choose what happens to us in life, but we can pause to choose how we wish to respond.

It sounds so simple…  just press the pause button then calmly decide how to respond in a measured way to the problem, what to do, what to say, how to say it. 

We all know pausing isn’t simple. Thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in our bodies are very powerful. So quickly we can find ourselves swept away in a torrent of fears, worries, uncertainty, despair, anger, irritation, guilt, frustration…. Often prompting us to act in ways that just add to the problem.

There are creative and imaginative ways of settling the busyness of our minds to find the clear space to choose how we want to respond to whatever life brings us, in our everyday or when going through particularly stressful times... 

...and one way is through Mindfulness. 

Mindfulness helps us find an extra energizing dimension to our lives, even when we feel overwhelmed, it helps us create clarifying and compassionate pauses for our minds to settle so moment by moment we can choose to be the person that matters to us. 

Join experienced and accredited Mindfulness Teacher Steve Smith in this short taster session of Mindfulness for StressThis will allow you to get a sense of what the longer eight-week course starting in September will be like and if it’s for you.

Meet Steven Smith

Steven has worked in both the private and public sector as a Personal Development Coach, and also as a Couples Counsellor for Relate. He spent many years as a professional Yacht Skipper and RYA Sailing Instructor, before training as a Mindfulness Teacher.  

He is a core teacher trainer for Breathworks, and a ‘Living Well’ Trainer and Supervisor. He runs both ‘Mindfulness for Health’ and ‘Mindfulness for Stress’ programmes and is a qualified Mindfulness in Schools teacher for young people.  

Steven has lived experience of managing an ongoing chronic pain condition and uses the techniques he teaches on a daily basis to help manage pain and daily life. 

When he’s not working Steven enjoys walking in the New Forest and along the South Coast, playing with his watercolour paints and making music with one of his many guitars. 

With thanks to...  

Our Better Together Alliance charities are able to work together and offer you this course because of support from The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to players of The National Lottery. 


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