Feeling Stressed? Give Mindfulness a Try
In today’s busy world we often forget to find moments where we are truly and intentionally present. We are consistently connected to technology, social situations, or work. It is often that we forget to unplug and truly be in the moment; therefor increasing stress around our productivity or long to-do lists.
Incorporating a practice such as Mindfulness in to your daily routine can lead to more moments of focus, calmness, and relaxation. Mindfulness can be utilized to address major mental health concerns such as anxiety, difficulties with sleep, depression, and stress management. Mindful.org defines mindfulness as “The basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are, what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Mindfulness is a practice that has been in existence in Eastern cultures for thousands of years. This practice was introduced to the West in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an American scientist, professor, and author. Kabat-Zinn researched ways that mindfulness and meditation could decrease stress and improve one’s quality of life. Since then, mindfulness has grown into a custom practice for holistic providers as well as a key factor in many mental health treatment models. Thanks to many advances in the study of mindfulness, there are now endless resources for mindfulness apps, videos, events, and trainings.
Below are a few free events available to the public to get you started on your mindfulness journey!