Mind, Body, and Spirit: Mindfulness - LECOM

Mind, Body, and Spirit: Mindfulness

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

One of the most effective and easiest ways to help us manage our stress levels is using the Practice of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is our basic ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and to not over-reactive or become overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness Meditation is simply taking a seat, stopping for a moment, and paying attention to our breath and our body, letting your attention wander…and then coming back to whatever activity you were engaged in before.

You can practice formal mindfulness meditation by sitting down or by being more intentional and aware of the things that you do each day, when you do them. Nearly every task we perform in a day—whether it is brushing our teeth, eating lunch, walking the dog, talking with friends or exercising—can be done more mindfully. When we are mindful of our actions, we pay more attention to what we are doing. It’s the opposite of going through the motions—instead, you are tuned into your senses, noticing your thoughts and emotions.

By building mindfulness into your daily life, you can practice mindfulness even when you think you are too busy to meditate.

Here are several mental health resources related to mindfulness and stress management to assist in coping with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This is a very difficult time with great uncertainty which means that we have to increase our skills and effort in regard to self-care and be even better at dealing with our stress and anxiety. These resources provide information on what mindfulness is and how to get started with it. Some of these resources specifically address the stress and anxiety effects of our current crisis. These are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of information available out there about mindfulness, meditation, and stress management strategies. We encourage you to make the investment in your mental health wellness, especially during this time. The benefits you can reap are immeasurable.

Mindfulness Resources:

Free Mindfulness Meditation Apps

Tips for Coping with Anxiety During the COVID Crisis

Mayo Clinic – Mindfulness