Health benefits of mindfulness include less stress, improved sleep and reduced pain
The chances are good that you have heard about mindfulness recently– it’s everywhere! From the World Economic Summit in Davos, to 60 Minutes, to the Armed Forces or the Seattle Seahawks, mindfulness is being used in a multitude of settings , as it has been proven by neuroscience to do everything from improve leadership skills and sleep quality, to reduce stress and conflict.
What is mindfulness & how does it work?
Mindfulness is a systematic training of the attention to help people live their lives in the here and now. By teaching people to focus on the moment, without judgement, they can see things more clearly – the good and the bad, and can therefore respond more skillfully.
Benefits of mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness can improve both physical and psychological symptoms as well as create positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.
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The University is participating in a pilot project in partnership with the Movember Foundation to bring the benefits of mindfulness to faculty and staff. During 2015, UBC offered several mindfulness workshops, plus a ‘Mindfulness@Work’ six-week course and one-day retreat taught by Dr. Geoffrey Soloway and Kara Smith of MindWell Canada. All events were well attended, with results showing increases in resiliency, productivity, and the ability to handle stress and interpersonal conflict.
To further create a mindful community at UBC, the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, an online mindfulness training, is being offered to 225 faculty and staff on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Challenge is an online mindfulness training where lessons are delivered via any device, anytime, and anywhere that takes just 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days. Participants and their buddies (each person will be asked to invite a buddy for free, from outside the organization) will learn core mindfulness concepts and be able to experience outcomes including improved health and wellbeing, enhanced productivity and creativity, and improved problem-solving and teamwork.
Orientation and Information Sessions
To learn more about mindfulness and the 30 Day Challenge, join Dr. Soloway on Dec. 8, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 for one-hour information sessions. Click here for more information.
Can’t Make the Orientation Session?
Everyone is welcome to attend an orientation session, however attendance is not mandatory in order to register for the challenge. To secure a space in the 30-Day Challenge, payment must be made at an orientation session or sent to UBC Human Resources (attn. Melissa Lafrance). Please note that payments will not be processed until after December 8, 2015. Click here for more information.
MindWell Canada (MWC) is a leader in helping people integrate mindfulness into their personal and professional lives, by working with executives, athletes, health care professionals and teachers helping them create a more joyful, less stressful and more connected career and life. MWC has a network of partners around the world and has worked with companies and organizations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Geoffrey Soloway has been working in the area of health promotion, mindfulness and wellbeing for over 12 years. Geoff completed a PhD on Mindfulness at OISE of the University of Toronto, as well as a Master’s of Education on Holistic Education. Geoff is also an Organizational Coach, completing his certification through the University of British Columbia. Currently, Geoff is a Partner with MindWell Canada, and Instructor for UBC Continuing Studies.