Hi everyone, in this blog I will focus on the practice of mindfulness and its health benefits. I was in the mood to geek out this weekend I did some simple research on how mindfulness practice relates to the leading causes of death and health factors associated with these
What is Mindfulness ??
Simply put, mindfulness is defined as “paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.” (UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center). Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program, provides a more detailed and clear explanation of the essence of mindfulness. Mindfulness based interventions include meditation, body scan, guided imagery, and yoga. Mindfulness is also used as part of different psychotherapy approaches.
Mindfulness practices and interventions are mental health and physical health promoting behaviors that can be effective in combination with medical treatments and other reliable techniques (exercise, healthy diet, cognitive behavioral therapies, etc). Daily practice of mindfulness meditation or interventions for 4 weeks or more (as adjunct to first line medical treatments) is associated with:
A sampling of websites that have suggested exercises and mindfulness information:
https://www.pocketmindfulness.com/ : Straight-forward and quick reading blog that helps readers learn about, understand, and apply mindfulness in everyday life.
https://www.wildmind.org/ : I like the writings on self-compassion and inspiration for daily practice, such as walking meditations
https://www.headspace.com/unemployed (popular application that is free until 2021)
<3Be well !!
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