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Mindfulness & Meditation  |  April 2016

Program Group #1 (Monday’s): March 28, April 4, April 11  |  12-1pm

Program Group #2 (Thursday’s)March 31, April 7, April 14   |   12-1pm FULL

Unfortunately, we are not able to mix session days, so you must attend the sessions in the program group you register for. Due to the high interest in this program, you must plan to attend all 3 sessions in order to participate in the program.

Contact our office to register now, as well as for additional location and program information – wellness@ua.edu, 348-0077.

Want to know what to expect during the weekly mindfulness classes?

  • Week 1: What is mindfulness and why do I need it?
  • Week 2: Just breathe. Putting mindfulness into practice.
  • Week 3: Be present and increasing awareness.
  • Final overview: How to continue with mindfulness and resources to do so.

2016 Program Information

  • You must attend all 3 sessions in order to serve as a WellBAMA Qualifying Program.
  • Limited availability, so we ask that only those that can attend all sessions register for the program.

Please contact our office to register now for the 2016 program (wellness@ua.edu, 348-0077). Limited spaces available.

Check back for additional program dates and information!



Being Mindful Can Help Reduce Stress

UA Dialog article, Published April 20, 2014

If you’re looking for ways to manage stress, relax, you’re not alone. “Surveys conducted after our WellBAMA events have shown us that managing stress is a very real concern of employees,” said Heather Mundy, coordinator in the UA Office of Health Promotion and Wellness (OHPW). “We wanted to address that with a practical solution.”

This spring, the office worked with Dr. Harriet Myers, associate professor and a clinical psychologist in the College of Community Health Sciences, to develop a new, three-class qualifying WellBAMA program, Mindfulness and Meditation.

“Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment without interpretation or judgment,” said Myers, who also is assistant dean for medical education in CCHS. “Practicing mindfulness can help you stop spending so much time planning, thinking negative thought, and becoming overly stressed.”

Mindfulness began as a Buddhist tradition and has become recognized in recent years as a cognitive therapy that focuses on breathing, body sensations and mental relaxation. Mindfulness can help to reduce anxiety, boost mental performance, regulate emotions, fight depression and lower stress-induced inflammation in the body.

The program was so popular, OHPW plans to offer it again next year, Mundy said. For those unable to participate this year, Myers offers the following tips:

  • Practice mindfulness by taking a moment to slow down, breathe and be present.
  • Pay attention. The next time you meet someone, listen closely to his or her words. Develop a habit of understanding others and delaying your own judgments and criticisms.
  • Make the familiar new again. Find a few small, familiar objects – such as a water bottle, apple or pen – in your home or office. Use all your senses to rediscover the object. Identify one new detail about each object that you didn’t see before.
  • Go outside and enjoy nature at least one day each week.
  • Increase your awareness during one daily task and try to enjoy it more.
  • Disconnect. It’s hard to engage in the world around you and slow down when your head is stuck in your phone: you’re always checking new messages coming in.
  • Appreciate the ordinary. Find happiness in everyday things. Life can be much more enjoyable by following this simple habit.