Hope that you’ve been taking care of yourself and getting eight hours of sleep. Remember YOU are important and self-care should be a priority for everyone. Here is another research based self-care tip.
You have probably heard about “MINDFULNESS” and thought that isn’t for you. But did you know that scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as have positive changes in health, attitudes and behaviors. Some examples of what mindfulness can help with are relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and depression.
So what exactly is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment– and accepting it without judgment.
Quieting the constant noise of everyday life and being present in the moment is easier said than done. Here are some ways to work mindfulness into your day:
Be aware of your surroundings while on your lunch break and take a walk
Write in a gratitude journal
Take a few slow, deep breaths when you’re feeling tense
Allow emotions to be present without judgment, name the emotion, and then let the emotion go
I also wanted to share a variation on the “Mental Health Check-In” that was shared at last week’s faculty meeting.
Using the clothes pins makes this activity sustainable.
Please let me know if you have tried this in your class and how it has gone for you.