Do you find yourself worrying about something that happened weeks ago, or do you worry about what might happen tomorrow?  Let’s face it life happens at a pace that is hard to keep up, practicing mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness is becoming a commonly used word in conversations about health, but it is often mistaken to simply mean relaxation.  Mindfulness is much more than a good way to relax.  It is a process of becoming aware of your thoughts, sensations, emotions, feelings, and environment in a given moment.  Mindfulness also involves acknowledging your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.  Although research about the effectiveness of mindfulness-based behavioral health interventions is in its early stages, current evidence shows that such approaches can successfully improve mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

(click for application) Mindfulness October 2014  In October Petaluma People Services Center will offer our Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Wellbeing program.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is an educational training program for people with emotional or psychological  distress due to a medical conditions, physical pain, or life events.  MBSR is designed to increase resilience in order to cope with stress and anxiety, negative mood-related feelings, and depression symptoms; increase self esteem; and improve general mental health and functioning.  Practicing mindfulness can be beneficial for everyone.  Mindfulness is learning to pay close attention to the present moment.  It is a way to reconnect with one’s own mind and body, mange stress and balance emotions.