Breaditation at Southwark Refugee and Migrant Project,manuel-monade-caroline-harrison-9781472146847

Caroline Harrison is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and has also completed training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

She was interviewed by Anna-Marie Julyan for Waitrose Weekend of 4.11.21:

“Focusing on the here and now can be very helpful, and that doesn’t just work for trauma,” says Caroline. “It can work if you’re very anxious, if you’re feeling a bit depressed. There’s a mindful and meditative quality to breadmaking as well – just the fact that you’re focusing externally and not really thinking about your internal world and worries.” This, she says, has been particularly helpful during the coronavirus pandemic when “there were a lot of things we couldn’t control”, and some of the ways people destress weren’t available to them.

It’s also an opportunity to practise self-compassion, adds Caroline. “You put care into the dough and that means you can show care, so show it to yourself as well. Being kind to yourself is really important. We need to be much more self-compassionate every day.”

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