Many of us would benefit from learning how we might better support our wellbeing and levels of wellness. This is especially true if we are dealing with long term conditions that are impacting on our health, and have realised that medical “fix-it” solutions are not working well enough, or at all. TheWEL programme grew from asking what you can do when faced with such challenges. Its foundations were designed on guidance from patients who had found ways forward. This was blended with a background study and research of areas like the self-healing response, mind-body factors and psychoneuroimmunology. TheWEL course journey encourage us to learn how to draw on our own inner natural strengths that grow helpful change, wellbeing and any healing and recovery that is possible. The key is learning to create the conditions that enhance this wellbeing - and in turn the key to that is our self-care.
There are sections on making change, nutrition, on relaxation and meditation, plus practical ways to change the relationship to our thoughts and feelings that help reduce stress and suffering and enhance wellbeing. It considers a similar mindful way of caring for our body. Most of all it explores what it takes to be able to apply such changes in a sustained way in our daily life .
Current versions are: The GeneralWELprogramme for anyone wanting to tackle health problems and build wellbeing; TheWEL for people with CFS/ME. As part of The development projects of the The NHS Centre for Integrative Care, a PrimaryWEL version has been created in General Practice in Nairn, and The StaffWEL for professional health care workers has been run in a number of Scottish health Boards – more info on http://www.thehealingshift.org/ .
The foundation course is 4 half days over 4 weeks. Options in Glasgow are then the 4 week Moving Into Balance Course, then after a gap, an optional 8 week course on MBCT - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.