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On Being Mindful

Although mindfulness was first introduced to Americans by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970’s, when he tweaked the practice from its Buddhist roots to appeal to a secular audience, the practice of mindfulness and the psychological benefits it offers has become increasingly well known in the mental health community over the past few years.

According to the APA, some of the benefits that mindfulness offers include:

– Reduced rumination

– Stress reduction

– Boosts to working memory

– Less emotional reactivity

– More cognitive flexibility

Knowledge of its benefits have become so widespread that mindfulness has become somewhat of a fad in popular culture; even boasting its own bimonthly magazine.

 

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The Mindful Way Through Depression, written by four experts, is a highly recommended read for clients. In this book, leading psychologists Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer present a powerful new alternative that can help you break free of anxiety by fundamentally changing how you relate to it.

 

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Sitting Still like a Frog is full of great mindfulness exercises for kids.

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This app is great to help clients reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.

 

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Insight is a helpful app with guided meditation.

 

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Mindfulness to Go has 100 practices to teach to clients.

 

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This website explains what mindfulness is, how to achieve it, recommended books, and everything in between.

 

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