Mindfulness Practices for A Mindful UHN
After a summer hiatus, UHN Wellness is thrilled to return to publishing weekly posts, once again. Over the next several months, we look forward to sharing information, resources and practices relating to psychological health, specifically.
We begin by introducing several brief and accessible Mindfulness practices and resources for you to try. Enjoy!
John Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, defines mindfulness as “Paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
According to the Centre for Mindfulness in Toronto, when we are mindful we become aware of and explore these habitual thought patterns and ways of reacting. This attitude of curiosity allows us to create new and healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges.
As UHN Wellness looks forward to offering employees several opportunities to learn and practice Mindfulness at UHN, I invite you make time to explore the following Mindfulness exercises:
Did you know that Harvard researchers found that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind? To help calm your mind, try this short practice:
Acknowledge what thoughts, emotions and physical sensations are present
Gather your attention and have three breaths with full awareness
Expand your attention back to the body as a whole and release any tension
Studies have shown that reflecting on what you are grateful for can increase happiness
- Pause a notice three breaths
- Reflect on 1-3 things that you are grateful for
- Write it down and keep a daily log (optional)
Research has shown that even brief mindfulness practice can alleviate mood, enhance focus and provide greater connection in your relationship.
Have you found some time to STOP today? Why not now?
S – stop
T – take a breath
O – observe
P – proceed
For more information on the upcoming opportunities to learn and practice Mindfulness at UHN, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.