Mindful meditation has the power to reverse the negative effects of stress. Meditation trains the mind the way physical exercise strengthens our bodies. With training, we can prime our brain cells to fire together in patterns that strengthen vital nervous system structures that are key in everyday tasks such as decision making, memory and emotional flexibility. At the same time, crucial components of happiness – resilience, equanimity, calm and a sense of compassionate connection to others – are nurtured.
Breathing is an integral component of mindful meditation. The practice of meditation provides “down time” to rest physically and mentally and focuses on total well-being. Balance is key to helping us feel more composed and resilient in response to daily life-work challenges. We can’t control difficult encounters, but we can control how we respond to them. Mindfulness (the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something) provides the foundation we need to weather the stressors and flourish.
Take the challenge
Take the 21-day mindfulness and meditation challenge, which was originally designed for Freeman employees!
Click the links below to view short mindful meditation practices.
Learn how to take a 1 minute breather anytime anywhere to reduce stress and help you return to the present moment.
Have you ever sat down to eat a snack or meal in front of the TV or your computer, finished your food and then realized you didn't taste or enjoy what you ate? This is mindless eating.
Mindful eating is:
- Eating with intention and attention
- Being fully present when eating, whether it is a snack or a meal
- Judgment and guilt free
- How you appreciate nourishment and unique eating experiences
View this Mindful Eating Presentation and learn the difference between mindless and mindful eating, how to break the diet cycle and how to determine if you’re really hungry.
Feeling overwhelmed? You can seek help from your personal physician, a mental health professional, your religious leader, or Ozark Center Crisis Hotline 800-247-0661.
Click here for a list of Ozark Center health resources.
Please contact Kris Drake RN, CHPD, Freeman Wellness Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about launching your own mindfulness campaign within your company organization. Campaign materials are available for purchase.
About the CALM campaign
The CALM campaign was created in 2017 by Freeman Health System's Health Energy & Life At Work (HEAL) team to help employees combat work related stress.
The CALM 1 – minute Take a Breather graphic is copyrighted.
Click here to view campaign materials available for purchase.