Mindfulness on a keyring

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 coronavirus 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 outbreak at home.

Included are instructions of how to do the activities and if you are feeling creative how to make your own key fob so you can 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 also order a fob which will be posted to you for £3 with user instructions.  £2 will be donated to the Hospice and £1 will cover costs of materials and postage.  

For instructions to make the key fob, provide us with feedback or to order a Pause Key Fob please go to www.oskacoaching.co.uk

Link to donate to St Michaels Hospice https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pausekeyfob

Link to donate to NHS Together Charities  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pausefob