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Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be used as a form of self-care, relaxation, meditation, and a way to help manage emotions or thoughts. It is most commonly understood as a focused state of awareness that is an open and accepting experience of the present moment.


Articles/Factsheets:

 

This article reviews considerations before trying mindfulness such as your own mental/physical health, the intensity of the program, and the credentials of your mindfulness instructor.

 

This article explores the benefits of mindfulness and highlights some practices that may improve emotional and physical well-being.

 


Podcasts:

 

Mindfulness and Relaxation
A series of 8 podcasts which introduce, educate, and guide the listener through various mindfulness and relaxation exercises. Guided audio for exercises include deep breathing, progress muscle relaxation, meditation, and visualization.


Videos:

 

Introduction to Mindful Awareness
A video introducing Mindful Awareness. It includes research regarding Mindfulness benefits and two guided meditations to practice by Diana Winston, director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA.

Taming Your Wandering Mind
In this video, neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha discusses her research on mindfulness and how mindfulness can help individuals focus their attention on what is important and build resilience.

Practice Mindfulness and Change the World
In this Ted Talk, Social Psychologist Cynthia Bane looks beyond mindfulness health benefits to explore how relating to our “present moment experiences’” with openness and curiosity can make our world better by reducing biases, stereotypes, and discriminating behaviors.

In this Ted Talk, Mindfulness Expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power and stress reduction of refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day through mindful meditation.
 
 

 

Websites:

 

Mindfulness Based Services

This website provides helpful links and information about mindfulness based resources. It is maintained by the UC Davis Safety Services department.