Why Mindfulness Is Part of Self-Care
Many people are curious why our organization, focused on suicide prevention and crisis intervention, is also integrating mindfulness into our programming. How do these fit together, you might be wondering…
Mindfulness practices help us pay attention to the present moment, allowing us to become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations, instead of overwhelmed by them. Examples of mindfulness practices include breathing exercises, body awareness and practicing gratitude.
Research shows mindfulness and meditation-based programs hold promise for treating a number of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
While not a panacea, the skills learned through mindfulness practice support us when our stress response is activated and foster long-term resiliency to manage life’s ups and downs. Research shows that mindfulness offers insight into emotions, boosts attention and concentration and improves relationships.
Mindfulness can be practiced by children, young people and adults. Learning and practicing these simple skills can be helpful for people with or without religious or spiritual beliefs.
Visit Coping Using Mindfulness for more information about mindfulness, including videos, apps and guided practices.
Try it out in our half day session Mindfulness Self Care.