Emotional Wellness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention, on  purpose, in an intentional way, to the present moment without judgement. Being mindful is a way of being that we all have access to and can cultivate through proven techniques that guide us in working with our bodies and minds to be in the present moment.  Mindfulness offers strategies and perspective that we can connect with to be more present and less reactive in all our experiences, whether those experiences are wonderful or disheartening.  Below is a list of strategies and resources to support you in bringing mindfulness practice into your day.

Strategies for being Mindful

  1. What is Mindfulness

    1. Benefits of Mindfulness - Helpguide.org

    2. How Your Thoughts Change your Brain Cells and Genes - TheBestPossibleBrain.com

    3. Being Present with Cancer- Mindful.org

  2. Mindfulness Strategies

    1. 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today - Pocketmindfulness.com​

    2. 71 Mindfulness Exercises for Living in the Present Moment - developgoodhabits.com

  3. Mindful Appreciation & Gratitude: designed to cultivate awareness of those things in our lives that we appreciate

    1. Mindful Appreciation - in ten fingers. - Brilliantlivinghq.com

    2. A Simple Mindfulness Pratice That Literally Rewires Your Brain For Appreciation and Happiness - hackspirit.com

    3. How to Practice Gratitude: Mindful.org

  4. Mindful Affirmations: Positive affirmations, when practiced deliberately and repeatedly, can reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, making the connection between two neurons stronger, and therefore more likely to conduct the same message again​.

    1. Healing Affirmations - Daily Positive Affirmations to Help Heal your Body - Sagewoodwellness.com​

    2. 7 Affirmations for Self-Healing - The chopra Center

    3. Affirmations for Balance in Life, Mind & Groundedness Meditation: Today, I am Grounded: Jason Stephenson

  5. Mindful Awareness: designed to cultivate a heightened awareness and appreciation of a simple daily tasks 

    1. Mindful Awareness - AmericanNurseToday.com​

    2. 40 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Days - LeftBrainBuddha.com

    3. Mindfulness for Teachers: Increasing Awareness of Daily Tasks: Six Seconds, The Emotional intelligence Network

  6. Mindful Body Scan: A body scan is a meditative practice in which you focus on each part of every area, often beginning at the toes and moving to the head.

    1. Body Scan Exercise, Jon Kabat-Zinn​ - Be you Fully YouTube

    2. The Body Scan - Elisha Goldstein YouTube

    3. 15-Minute Meditation: Body Scan: Living Better YouTube - https://youtu.be/T0nuKBVQS7M

  7. Mindful Breathing: designed to bring the focus to the movement and flow of your breath.

    1. 3-minute Mindful Breathing Meditation (Relieve Stress) - Stop, Breathe & Think YouTube

    2. Mindful Breathing Exercises (Jeffrey Schwartz) - The Table Biola CCT YouTube

    3. 5 Minute Mindful Breathing Exercise - healthypsych.com

    4. Being Present with Cancer​ - mindful.org

    5. A 5-Minute Breathing Meditation to Cultivate Mindfulness - mindful.org

    6. 2 Minute Mindfulness - Simple, Mindful Breathing - the value factory YouTube

  8. Mindfulness Cues: 

    1. Mindfulness Practice 28: Mindfulness Cues - Neil Seligman.

  9. Mindful Listening: 

    1. Mindful Listening - The Guided Meditation Site​

    2. Exercise 3: Mindfulness of Sound: University of York

    3. Guided Mindful Listening: Greg J. Youtube

  10. Mindful Observation: designed to connect us to the beauty of our natural environment.

    1. Mindfulness Exercises - The Guided Meditation Site​

  11. ​​Talk To Someone About Your Thoughts: ​

    1. Therapists in Canada - Psychology Today

    2. Canadian Cancer Society

    3. Save Your Skin Foundation