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Mindfulness

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Wellness

Mindfulness is...

the basic human ability to be fully present. This is a skill that can be trained and can be applied to any moment. It is non-judgmental and helps bring awareness to your current thoughts and feelings. Practicing mindfulness is a way of life for many. 

 

A huge misconception is that Mindfulness and meditation are the same. Meditation is a form of Mindfulness. You can bring yourself into the present with meditation, but you can also do it as you walk, run, color, etc. 

By practicing Mindfulness, you are embracing wellness. These two combined are key for a pre-med's success... really anyone's success.

What are the benefits of practicing Mindfulness? 

COMBAT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

REDUCES STRESS

INCREASES POSITIVE EMOTIONS

INCREASES JOB SATISFICATION

ENHANCES EMOTION REGULATION THROUGH IMPROVEMENTS IN EXECUTIVE CONTROL

IMPROVES FOCUS

IMPROVES LEADERSHIP ABILITIES

INCREASES SELF ESTEEM AND COMBATS SOCIAL ANXIETY

INCREASES POSITIVE JUDGMENTS AND REDUCE NEGATIVITY BIAS

STRENGTHENS YOUR BRAIN AND IMMUNE SYSTEM

IMPROVES WORKING MEMORY CAPACITY, REDUCES MIND WANDERING,BETTER TEST SCORES

IMPROVES SLEEP AND FIGHTS INSOMNIA

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Essentially through breathing and doing muscle relaxation techniques, you are engaging your parasympathetic nervous system which inherently counteracts the sympathetic stress response. It brings the body back to its base level before the stress onset.

Mindfulness Meditation also change brain activitation in the amygdala . This is seen in Desbordes study using fMRI. The video on the left goes into more details.

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Mindfulness Library

Sparking Joy: A Mindfulness Practice for Everyday

Sparking Joy: A Mindfulness Practice for Everyday

The State of Mindfulness Science

The State of Mindfulness Science

The effect of short term practice of mindfulness meditation in alleviating stress in University stud

The effect of short term practice of mindfulness meditation in alleviating stress in University stud

Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Serum Cortisol of Medical Students

Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Serum Cortisol of Medical Students

BOOKS RELATED TO WELLNESS