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Online course

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this free online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve performance

Stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the answer. Research shows that when you’re not deliberately paying attention to something, your brain goes into default mode causing increased anxiety and poor communication. Mindfulness can help end this unproductive behaviour. In this online course, you’ll learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life, to reduce stress and improve your personal and professional life.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsPROFESSOR CRAIG HASSED: Hi, I'm Craig Hassed and this is Richard Chambers. And we're the coordinators of Mindfulness Programmes at Monash University in Australia. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: Mindfulness is about being aware and fully engaged in each moment of our lives. And there's a lot of research showing that that can be very good for our well being and performance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 secondsPROFESSOR CRAIG HASSED: So this is an introductory course. It could be of interest to just about anybody really, whether it's students trying to deal with academic stress or improve performance and learning, whether it's people in working life trying to deal with the pressures of day to day life or at home, or people in retirement who really want to expand their horizons. So just about anybody could be interested in this course. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsRICHARD CHAMBERS: In this course, we'll explore the science and practise of mindfulness. And each week there'll be different exercises, reading materials, meditations, and there'll be an opportunity for discussion as well with thousands of learners all around the world. And we'll also make a weekly feedback video to keep you on track.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsPROFESSOR CRAIG HASSED: So we'll try and support you through the whole journey. It will take a few hours a week, but mind you, you are in control of that. You can go into as much depth as you'd like to, extra readings and extra links, and so on, but you decide how far you want to go each week. So if you're interested to join a community of thousands of learners around the world exploring mindfulness and applying it in their lives, then this might be a good course for you.

What topics will you cover?

  • The problem of unmindfulness
  • Research on mindfulness
  • Mindful stress reduction and managing emotions
  • Improving work and study performance
  • Mindfulness in memory and learning
  • Cultivating self-compassion and emotional health
  • Mindful communication
  • Relationships and empathy
  • Mindfulness as a way of life

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the causes of stress in your life
  • Experiment with a range of mindfulness techniques
  • Develop a range of mindfulness techniques that are effective in your life
  • Evaluate the impact of a variety of mindfulness techniques
  • Reflect on your experiences in a personal mindfulness journal
  • Model a more mindful approach to work, study and life

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone, because everyone can benefit from mindfulness. No previous experience of mindfulness is required. We will explain how mindfulness works, but above all this is a practical course. We will ask you to explore different mindfulness techniques and reflect on your experience.

This course is not designed to be therapeutic for significant health problems so if you have any concerns in this regard then it is recommended that you speak to a suitably qualified health practitioner.

What do people say about this course?

If, like me, you had reservations about this course...do it. If you want a way to be more present, centred and grateful in your life...do it. If you believe you pretty much know this subject backwards anyway...do it. If you want scientific/medical validation for something that sounds esoteric...do it. If you want the guidance, encouragement and support of great facilitators, active mentors and a lively Forum of fellow participants...do it. Just do it. You have nothing to lose. And a lifetime of meaningful moments to gain.

Kym Bidstrup

Though "this course is not designed to be therapeutic for any particular health condition..." I must state unreservedly, that the well-being that I experience from mindful moments, be they uplifting or more challenging, is undeniable. My chiropractor is very impressed with the state of my back and spine, which is the best it has been for more than 7 years! YAY! My gratitude journal (I confess is not penned daily, and I am self-compassionate about that.... mostly) is a joy to "get lost" in, meditation brings peace and clarity..... all this and so much more has brought my life to life! Thanks must go largely to Drs Craig and Richard, and our fabulous mentors, Sherelle and Jen, for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration.

Janet Porter

Who will you learn with?

Assoc. Prof. Craig Hassed

Associate Professor Craig Hassed is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash. He teaches mindfulness nationally and internationally in health, educational, community and corporate settings.

Dr Richard Chambers

Richard is a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognised expert in mindfulness. Widely published in the field, he works with many educational, business, sporting and community organisations.

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $74 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Welcome to the course
    Welcome to the course
    video

    In this video, Craig Hassed and Richard Chambers introduce the course and talk more about what you’re going to learn.

  • Craig and Sherelle.
    Feedback from the lead educators
    article

    Feedback from Craig and Richard is an informal video recorded at the end of each week.