Online course in Health & Psychology

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.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Certificate Available

Why join the course?

Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution.

Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around and within you, with an attitude of friendliness and compassion.

Research shows that when we are not deliberately paying attention to something, our brain clicks off into default mode, which is characterised by mind wandering, operating on “autopilot,” dwelling on the past, and worrying about judgment, criticism and the future.

The result can be increased stress and anxiety, poor communication, and impaired academic and occupational functioning.

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve performance

Mindfulness can help you unhook from these unproductive thought patterns and behaviours, and engage more fully with work and leisure time.

This practical six-week course explores the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness. You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life to reduce stress, improve mental health, and enhance your personal and professional life.

You will understand formal mindfulness meditation practices, as well as the informal practice of being mindful in daily life to learn - to pay attention to the present moment instead of worrying, dwelling in the past or reacting to what is happening.

You will also develop an attitude of friendliness and compassion toward yourself, as opposed to self-criticism.

These mindfulness-based approaches have been found to improve executive functioning, learning and memory, performance, communication, empathy, and mental and physical health.

Learn from experienced mindfulness practitioners

Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Mindfulness Coordinator at Monash University. Craig is a regular speaker in Australia and internationally on the application of mindfulness for health and wellbeing. Craig has authored nine books, including Mindful Learning with Dr Richard Chambers.

Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist specialising in mindfulness-based therapies. A Mindfulness Consultant at Monash, Richard has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and was involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a website and smartphone app designed to make mindfulness accessible to young people.

You can find out more about this course in Craig and Richard’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Mindfulness: how not to be driven to distraction in this modern world.”

Sign up today, and join the “mindfulness revolution”!

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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?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

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 you want a way to be more present, centred and grateful in your life...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.

Kym Bidstrup

Thanks to Futurelearn I now have a much more positive outlook on life now. I can warmly recommend the Mindfulness course to anyone who is suffering work-related stress. Sharing experiences with fellow learners is therapy itself.

Robert Smith

Who will you learn with?

Assoc. Prof. Craig Hassed

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

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript $69.00

Statement of Participation $34.00