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Mindfulness

Mindfulness exercises are offered here as a way to develop relaxation skills and a sense of inner harmony and well-being. They are not substitutes for professional therapy, and people visiting this page should consider, perhaps in consultation with a mental health professional, whether the use of a particular mindfulness exercises is appropriate in their case. 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.​ It is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

Here are some short videos that give more information about Mindfulness: 

Benefits of Mindfulness

Improves well-being:

Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.​ 

Improves physical health:

Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.​ 

Improves mental health:​ 

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

(Source: Mindfulness presentation at Ohio Rehabilitation Association 2018)

Mindfulness Practices

There are a variety of Mindfulness Practices available. Here are a few suggestions to help you start your Mindfulness journey.

 

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UCLA Health Guided Meditations

Living Well Mindfulness Exercises

Relax and Breathe

22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques and Activities