1st Edition

Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life A practical guide

By Christine Dunkley, Maggie Stanton Copyright 2017
    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the last decade, more mental health treatments have begun to incorporate mindfulness as a skill to help people with their problems. Despite this, not everyone is sure how to incorporate mindfulness effectively into their daily lives. Giving simple explanations, examples and exercises, Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life shows clearly how this is done.

    The book, written by two NHS clinicians experienced in teaching mindfulness, takes a down-to-earth approach, providing straightforward answers to the most commonly asked questions. The authors give definitions of mindfulness and guide people through instructions on how to set up and evaluate simple practices. As each component is taught, they provide examples of real-life situations, so the reader can clearly see how to be more mindful as they face the ups and downs of modern living.

    This practical guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn mindfulness to help with difficulties and challenges. It is also the perfect book for therapists, coaches, teachers, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists to recommend to their clients. The book is ideal for students on clinical training courses.

    Preface About the authors Acknowledgements List of abbreviations 1: What is Mindfulness? 2: Why Learn Mindfulness Skills? 3: First Steps in Practising Mindfulness 4: Reflections after a Practice 5: Being Mindful of Your Thoughts 6: Living Mindfully 7: Acting Wisely 8: From Practice into Everyday Life Concluding Comments Resources list Index


    Dr Christine Dunkley is a Consultant Psychotherapist with 30 years’ NHS experience. She has published in the UK, Europe and America on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, supervision and mindfulness. An honorary lecturer for Bangor University and Clinical Director at Grayrock, Christine trains clinical teams in the UK and abroad. She co-founded the UK and Ireland Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in 2012. 

    Dr Maggie Stanton is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has previously led a Psychological Therapies Department in the NHS, and now focuses on training, supervision and consultancy in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. She presents on mindfulness and other topics. Maggie is a visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton, a Clinical Lead in a major research trial and Director of Stanton Psychological Services.

    'This excellent book demonstrates how to use mindfulness skills in our everyday life. Christine Dunkley and Maggie Stanton take the reader on a journey of discovery into the application of mindfulness. It includes useful tips and personal examples.' - Professor Stephen Palmer PhD, Director of the Centre for Stress Management, London, UK

    ‘What a gem of a book! Dunkley and Stanton once again combine their tremendous skills in the teaching and practice of mindfulness with the capacity to communicate their knowledge in a clear and accessible way. This book is the essential travel guide for anyone beginning the journey of learning mindfulness whether they are embarking on this journey alone, in a group, or with a teacher or therapist.’ - Michaela Swales, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board & Reader in Clinical Psychology, North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, Bangor University.   

    'This is a 'Tardis' of a book with an impressive depth of information packed into 117 pages. I would happily recommend it to clients, knowing they are in safe hands.' - Sally Brown, Integrative Counsellor and Therapeutic Coach