According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Studies show that individuals who practice mindfulness report a decrease in stress and anxiety, reduced chronic pain, an improved immune system, higher relationship satisfaction, and an improved ability to focus and pay attention.
To Learn More:
- Mindful Wellness is a series of one-hour lessons on mindfulness. It is designed to be offered to a small group with the expectation that all participants can attend the entire series of 3 - 5 lessons. It can be offered in partnership with a worksite wellness program or with other community sites.
- Follow the Live Smart Ohio Mind and Body Blog
- New OSU Extension Fact Sheets 2016
Free Mindfulness Recordings
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recommends mindfulness practice to complement medical treatment to help reduce anxiety, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, and stress. Ohio State's Center for Integrative Health and Wellness offers free mindfulness recordings for personal use. Additional guided imagery downloads can be found here.
Additional Online Resources:
- University of Virginia School of Medicine: med.virginia.edu/mindfulness-center/continue-your-practice/audio-recordings
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: marc.ucla.edu/mindful-meditations (in English and Spanish)
- Dr. Benzo's Mindful Breathing Lab at Mayo Clinic: mayo.edu/research/labs/mindful-breathing/audio-files