Do you ever catch yourself doing something and saying “huh why did I do that?” or “I didn’t mean to do that”. I don’t know about you, but this happens to me often. Today I was chopping an onion while on speakerphone and thinking about a million things and all of a sudden, you guessed it, I sliced my finger. I was working in autopilot to chop the onion and not really paying attention to what I was doing. After stopping the bleeding and hating on myself for a few minutes, it really got me thinking about what it means to be “busy” and how mindfulness can help.
How many of us get up in the morning, rush out of bed, and juggle our thermos and breakfast in hand out the door? Perhaps you have also neglected the unruly state of your bed, thinking "what's the big deal? No one will notice if I make it!" Admiral William McRaven explains how the simple task of making your bed can be life changing. So, read on and think again about leaving those crumpled covers behind!
With the increasing use of technology in our everyday lives, electronic games have become accessible enough and are of enough quality that it is not uncommon to see a child walking down the street playing Pokemon Go on their phone or a working mother playing Candy Crush on her laptop after dinner. Electronic games are often designed to be stimulating, based on progressing through levels or achieving rewards, are available on phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles etc., and are often linked to social media, which help enable them to be highly addictive. Although electronic games can have a bad reputation for being "mindless" or harmful, there are newer (and often indie) games designed to be therapeutic, mindful, or simply relaxing.
We’ve all experienced it from time to time, some of us more consistently than others. Monday blues are often a mixture of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety about the entire work day or the workweek ahead of you (Smith, 2013). You might feel sluggish or wound up. We have got your covered with tips for beating the Monday blues.
We have been reviewing our archives lately, being mindful not to re-do any topics we have previously written about on the blog. Which brought our attention to our awesome archived articles on Mindfulness! Whether you are looking for strategies for home, work, or commuting, we got your covered! See below for strategies, practical tips, apps, and research evidence on mindfulness!
“Meditation is for hippies”.
“I can’t shut my brain off for long enough to ‘do’ meditation”.
“Sitting in an uncomfortable position while burning incense isn’t really my thing”.
… Sound familiar?
In a society addicted to getting things done and checking items off our to-do lists, there is something seemingly “weird” about silence and stillness in our culture.
You would think that breaking a habit entails blocking out your inner desires, obsessions, and sensations towards engaging in it, but what if drawing attention to these attributes can help you beat your next urge? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer, who studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction has discovered a simple, yet profound tactic that might help you conquer your next desire to smoke, snack, or check your texts during a board meeting.
Alzheimer’s Disease currently directly affects ~800,000 Canadians. This number is expected to more than double in the next 15 years. We are raising awareness for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in this week's blog post because Alzheimer’s Disease does not only affect the individual who is diagnosed, but their family, friends and communities. Alzheimer’s affects the workplace as these people are our colleagues and friends. In this post we will highlight information on Alzheimer’s awareness to help improve the mental health of our community.