Sit comfortably. Let your hands relax. Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale slowly.
Faculty and staff members in the Department of Family Medicine are taking time on “Tranquil Tuesdays” to decrease stress and improve mental and physical health.
Every Tuesday, participants can to take 10 minutes over their lunch hour to “come and practice a simple yet effective Self-Guided Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Activity”.
“We all have built-in biological responses to stress, both positive and negative. Practicing mindfulness can help to deliberately turn on the positive responses,” Dr. Jessica Koran-Scholl, Associate Professor and Director of Behavioral Health, says.
“Research indicates that those who practice mindfulness experience less anxiety, have more restful sleep and increase their empathy and problem solving abilities. You do better and you feel better, it is basically a win-win.”
Tranquil Tuesdays takes place every Tuesday in the Family Medicine library from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.