Mindfulness is a Key Component of Improving Mental Health

During Vivo’s Mental Health Month we have highlighted some of the primary ways to support your overall mental health. 

These include:

  • Talking honestly with your doctor if you experience more than 15 days a month of negative feelings
  • Track your sleep to ensure both quality and quantity of sleep
  • Increase or maintain your exercise regime to a minimum of 3 days a week
  • Consume a diet that nourishes your body as well as your mind (see the Nutrition Center below for more on this)
  • Note increased use of alcohol or other controlled substance
  • Purposeful engagement of scheduled activities or work
  • Practice Mindfulness to know your body and mental state

-Do You Know the term Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a practice used by both trained professionals and lay people to help bring awareness to the present without judgement and understand your own patterns of thought.

-Many mental health professionals encourage the practice of mindfulness because of its reported benefits for managing stress, depression, addiction, and anxiety. It also may be a helpful treatment for health conditions like hypertension, chronic pain, and heart failure as well as improving sleep habits. 

Mindfulness techniques can be done on your own using a concentration meditation, tai chi, or yoga. The Harvard help guide states that the goal of all mindfulness techniques is to engage a state of alertness where you pay close attention to sensations and thoughts without judgement.  Even trying out a mindfulness minute each day can be a great way to start. There is no minimum time requirement.

Vivo will offer a FREE Mindfulness Specialty Class every 2nd Thursday at 3pm with Vivo Trainer, Kelly Spitzer, beginning in September. Registration will be posted in next week’s newsletter. 

-Written by Kristin Dean, Vivo Care Team