Take a short break and fit some mindfulness into your day with this series of audio clips from the WHFS Health Promotion team.
Mindfulness is a practice to develop a greater sense of awareness of where you are and what you are doing without judgement or reaction. The practice can be informal during daily activities or formal practiced as self or support guided. We develop our ability to be present in the moment rather than ruminating on thoughts that take us away from the present moment; which can potentially lead to anxiety, loss of productivity and poor focus.
• Improved wellbeing as it supports us to engage more in life and be more connected to others.
• Health benefits such as regulating our reaction to stress, lowering blood pressure, minimising our sensation of pain, improving gastrointestinal function, helping treat heart disease and improving sleep.
• A valuable tool to treat a variety of mental health conditions such as: anxiety disorders, depression, relationship conflicts, substance abuse and eating disorders to name a few.
Click on the links below to listen to each recording.
Most are broken up into two parts, Introduction and Practice. If you have listened to the introductions already you can skip to the second session and begin your mindfulness practice from there.
An Introduction to Mindfulness – 14 minutes
Mindful Breath and Observation Intro – 5 minutes
Mindful Breath and Observation Practice – 8 minutes
Mindful Eating Part 1 – 7 minutes
Mindful Eating Part 2 – 11 minutes
Mindful Compassion Intro and Practice – 11 minutes
The self-compassion tools in this audio have been used with permission by Dr Kristen Neff. If you would like more information on this topic, you can visit her website here: https://self-compassion.org/