Mindfulness: Exploring Healthy Mind Habits
Helpful website and app recommendations:
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Mindfulness is good for our bodies, good for our minds, helps us focus, and enhances relationships. Practicing mindfulness changes our brains increasing positive neural pathways.
Smiling Mind app
Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.
Sign up with Headspace for free and start your journey toward mindful living. Meditating with Headspace for three weeks may enhance compassionate behaviour toward others. It's an app that teaches you how to meditate.
Stop Breath and Think app
Check in with how you’re feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions. With its customization tools: it analyses your current mood through a short survey, then leads you through guided meditations based on the results. https://www.stopbreathethink.com/
10% Happier app
Meditation for fidgety skeptics. A clear, simple approach to meditation with best selling author Dan Harris and some of the most respected teachers and scientists on the planet.
Self Compassion ~ website
Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) http://selfcompassion.org/
Curable: The app for Chronic Pain
Curable is a guided program that helps you understand why you have pain. Identifies and targets the unique combination of factors that are keeping you stuck in a cycle of pain. https://www.curablehealth.com
Mindfulness Websites & APPs
Resources, Questionnaires, Articles
Richard Davidson - Centre for Health Minds - neuroscience
Rick Hanson - Hardwiring Happiness
Mindfulness is a SUPER Power
All material in this blog has been sourced from a workshop facilitated by NZAC national executive member Christine MacFarlane in September 2018. Written by Kathleen Huitema (MNZAC).