Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a practice or set of practices that develop the capacity for a calm, focused mind that is open, responsive and sensitive for optimal teaching, advising, management, and learning. Based on neuroscientific research, mindfulness has been proven to help participants reduce stress and revitalize their professional and personal lives by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, concentration, and focus.

Mindful practitioners often report

  • Feeling more positive
  • Reduced emotional reactivity
  • Cultivation of compassion for oneself and others
  • Minimized drama in everyday life
  • Lowered stress levels, even in hectic times
  • Appreciation for the small things in life
  • Greater connection to your values and goals

How can I practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice can take place in a variety of ways. It is an individualized practice, so explore some of the following ideas to see what works best for you. Scroll down to find resources on each of these practices.

  • Breathing Techniques
  • Guided Mediations
  • Mindful Movement
  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Grounding Exercises
  • Maker Activities/Crafting

Where can I practice mindfulness?

Practicing mindfulness can take place just about anywhere, but it can help to have a dedicated space that is quiet and free from distractions. Here is a list of spaces that can provide a mindful environment:

Map of mindfulness spaces on campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are there resources available to support my mindfulness practice?

You bet! Here are just some of the many resources available to help you throughout your mindfulness journey.

  • Breathing Techniques
    • Box Breathing (see image)
    • Guided Breathing Meditation (Audio, 6 minutes)
  • Guided Mediations
  • Mindful Movement
  • Practicing Gratitude
  • Grounding Exercises (see image)
  • Maker Activities/Crafting
    • Dedicate time to enjoy a crafting or artistic hobby
    • Explore your local community rec center for maker classes
    • Simply color

The Mindfulness Workbook – A Panther’s guide to taking a pause.
Mindfulness Workbook

Students, faculty, and staff can pick up a workbook in the Dean of Students Office, NWQ 5th Floor (bulletin board by the orange elevators), and Golda Meier Library Room E275.

UWM Sport and Recreation offers mindfulness and yoga videos on Instagram IGTV. UWM students can also register for relaxation, meditation, and yoga classes. A list of available classes can be found here.

Additional Resources:

Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee: https://milwaukeemindfulness.com/ (Contact jonathan.elmergreen@gmail.com for information on the young adult mindfulness group that meets on the East Side)
Shambhala Center: https://milwaukee.shambhala.org/
Milwaukee Zen Center: http://mkzen.org/
UW Center for Healthy Minds – resource found here: https://hminnovations.org/? 
Garrison Institute: https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/programs-retreats/community-programs/

Pandemic Specific Resources:

The On Being Project – A Care Package for Uncertain Times: https://onbeing.org/starting-points/a-care-package-for-uncertain-times/
Center for Healthyminds COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources: https://centerhealthyminds.org/well-being-toolkit-covid19

For more information on UWM student emotional well-being resources, workshops, and trainings, please visit: https://uwm.edu/norris/health-services/emotional-health/