Mindfulness

Do you feel overwhelmed? Always worrying about the future or ruminating on the past? Do you believe you do not have the time to relax? We can get entangled in tasks and deadlines and forget to notice the present moment and enjoy our experiences. Information on this page will introduce you to a new way to practice stress coping and list campus recources you can use to become more mindful. 

What it is and What it is Not

Mindfulness is awareness that comes from "paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally" - Jon Kabat-Zinn. It involves everything from eating, exercise, relationships, thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness can help with feelings of being overwhlemed, stressed or anxious, help facilitate critical reflection and give you the intrapersonal skills to be a better you. 

Mindfulness is not a quick, easy solution to many of life's problems. Do not think of it as a panacea for all woes. It is a skill that is developed over time much like going to the gym. It's something that needs practice. Mindfulness helps create cognitive skills for reducing stress and openly exploring thoughts, feelings and experiences. 

Studied Benefits

Mindfulness has been studied more and more over the last few decades. While much work still needs to be done in researching the benefits of mindfulness, known benefits include:

  • emotional regulation
  • stress coping
  • increases in empathy 
  • decreases negative judgement
  • increases in working memory

Mindfulness Classes

Mindful Eating Series

Mindful Eating has many benefits including portion control, curving cravings and exploring new flavors in food! If you want to learn how mindful eating can help you, check out this free series.

Registration

Register for the Mindful Eating Series here. Click on Cooking Demos/Wellness and select Mindful Eating Series. You can also register in person at CoRec Member Services or by calling 765.494.3109.

Schedule

October 30 - Mindful Eating 101 | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room

We will begin with an overview of mindfulness, mindful eating, and the positive impact it can have on our lives. We will then explore our own mindfulness eating thoughts and behaviors to increase awareness when eating. 

November 1 - Core Concepts of Mindful Eating | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room

Next, we will delve deeper into the foundations of mindful eating, tactics for eating mindfully, and we will practice with different activities to increase mindfulness in our lives. 

November 6 - Application of Mindful Eating | 6-7:30pm | Wellness Conference Room/ Demonstration Kitchen

We will wrap up the series with a review of mindful eating tactics and practice mindful eating through a supported meal and discussion. 

The Mindfulness Series

The Mindfulness Series helps you rewind, focus, and tackle stress. Mindfulness is described as awareness that comes from paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment non-judgmentally. If you endlessly ruminate over stress, have a hard time focusing or simply want to be more intentional, this series can help you learn the skills you need to improve your well-being. 

Registration

You must be able to attend all four sessions in order to register. To register*, please visit the Member Services site and and select Cooking Demos/Wellness to find the Mindfulness Series registration. You can also register in person at CoRec Member Services or by calling 765.494.3109. If you have any questions, please email Will Evans, Asst. Dir. Health and Wellness Programs.

*The Mindfulness Series is open to Purdue students only.

Schedule

October 12 - Mindful Eating | 5pn-6:15pm | Demonstration Kitchen

We will begin by introducing mindfulness to an everyday activity--eating! Come explore delicious recipes in the demonstration kitchen and learn to become more aware of the tastes, smells, sounds and sensations of food. 

October 18 - Mindful Yoga | 5pm-6:15pm | Multipurpose Room 2

Next, we will explore mindfulness and bodily sensation. Learn how to be more aware of your own body as we do go through some yoga moves.

October 23 - Mindful Meditation | 5pm-6:15pm | Multipurpose Room 2

In this session we will apply mindfulness to our thoughts. Learn to sit in the midst of your thoughts and tame your mind as we practice meditation techniques. 

October 25 - Mindful Attention | 5pm-6:15pm | Large Conference Room

In this wrap up session we will go over the skills we learned and practice some ways to remain mindful of emotions. Learn some simple techniques for reducing stress and living in the moment. 

Failing Forward

Acquire the personal and professional skills of tapping into your inner strength and bounce back from hardships. Learn how to reduce stress in the midst of adversity, boost optimism, and become more comfortable taking chances.

Registration

To register*, please visit the Member Services site and and select Cooking Demos/Wellness to find the Overcoming Failure registration. You can also register in person at CoRec Member Services or by calling 765.494.3109. If you have any questions, please email Will Evans, Asst. Dir. Health and Wellness Programs.

*Failing Forward is open to Purdue students only.

Schedule

The next Failing Forward series is scheduled to take place in the Fall. Dates and times will be posted early August.

Practicing Mindfulness

There are many different ways to be mindful. From simple breathing to meditation, this section introduces you to practices for becoming more mindful. 

Simple things to try include:

  • Eat without watching TV or splitting your attention between your meal and another activity.
  • Walking to class without using your phone. Try to notice the enviornment -- the trees, the sounds, the smells. 
  • Driving without listening to the radio or music. Listen to the tires on the road, the wind as it blows by, the newfound silence of the car. 
  • Do some simple stretches and notice how our body reacts to that movement. 
  • Practice meditating and training your mind to accept its thoughts and feelings without judgement. 
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