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Humanities Kansas Presentation by Dan Eells (Click on the Title to see the PDF.)

Mindfullness– Janell Nease RN, CHC

Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing on one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  Used as a therapeutic technique.  – dictionary def. 

Ways to be mindful-

  • Start your day with meditation/prayer
  • Eat without distraction
  • Exercise
  • Practice taking a deep breath
  • Mindful intake of fluids
  • Use your senses.  

Raisin Activity

  • Pretend you have never seen a raisin before. 
  • Observe the way the raisin looks;
  • How it feels;
  • How their skin responds to its manipulation;
  • Its smell;
  • Its taste.
  • Take a moment to write down your observations.  Share your observations.
  • Focusing on the raisin in your hand and make a point to notice everything about it, if you do this you are unlikely to be expending energy, time, and attention on worrying or ruminating about other parts of your lives.”
  • Be present in the moment
  • Don’t deny or avoid emotions
  • Laugh at yourself, it’s ok to do that!
  • Slow down
  • Nourish your body
  • Turn off all distractions
  • Take a deep breath
  • Mindful intake of fluids
  • Use your senses.  

Mindfulness with weight loss and eating-

  • Food choices
  • When you think of food, what comes to mind?
  • Food Choices/Snacks
  • Plan prep and prepare
  • Setting short and long term weight loss goals

Mindfulness in exercise-

  • Rule of thumb for exercise. 
  • What do you enjoy?
  • Set goals
  • Set times
  • Get creative 

Practice Positivity- For every negative there is a greater positive, find the silver lining in each day, each moment and each trial we face. 

  • Be a fountain not a drain.
  • Crabs in a bucket…..
  • See the cup not half empty, not half full but refillable!

Remember- misery loves company….. Steer clear of negativity and don’t engage in negative talk or gossip.  In most cases, it’s not your circus and not your monkeys

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