Mindfulness Matters

Written by Talaya Quinn

May 28, 2021

Mindfulness is as simple as being aware of your surroundings. This sense of awareness is known to help relieve stress and mental health challenges. In a mindful state you are free of worry and open to positivity. You are able to see the world for what it is and also  become more competent when interacting with others .

“Mindfulness is known to help people become more active, clear, imaginative and less resistant to change. It gives them the time to pause and reflect on decisions. At all times, mindfulness helps people choose to adjust and calm down so that the right action can be taken. It allows them to heed the small inner voice that is often diluted by feelings and opinions.”

One way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Meditation impacts parts of the brain that enhance attention, memory, and focus. Even a short time of meditation can help us become overall more productive. Meditation is a practice that has been around since ancient history. It is said to have originated in India around 1500 BCE before traveling to other cultures and religions. In 2007 a survey found that 1 in 10 Americans have meditated and everyday the practice is becoming more popular.

The video referenced provides a calming, simple piece of mindfulness through meditation. It also guides you through breathing exercises that allows you to breathe in the positive and out the negative. Gratitude, strength, joy, and contentment are some of the positive things you are imaging taking in. While releasing any stress or hurt you may have on your mind or body.

This resource is great for me as a busy social work student During the stress of COVID and changes to the normal program. In addition, I am currently an Intern at Apportis. Apportis is a platform that provides resources to build up mental health. Through wireless connection you can access counseling, therapy and videos like this one. Since I have discovered this mindfulness video I try to watch it daily to keep myself calm yet energized. As a prospective social worker I am confident exercises like these will help soothe the mind and body of clients. I hope you find this to be a helpful resource as well, just click the link and relax.

https://wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA/positive-in-negative-out

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