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Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress and improve well-being

CHICAGO- January 2023 –As we embark on a new year many people often look for new ways to define or redefine purpose and intention in their lives. Mindfulness meditation has long been a way to reduce stress and improve well-being and The Family Institute at Northwestern University has experts available to discuss how to incorporate simple techniques to reconnect to the mind and body.

With nearly 50% of Americans setting new years’ resolutions and goals to improve some aspect of their lives, many are learning how mindfulness has been shown to provide a number of meaningful benefits. These benefits include becoming more responsive and less reactive, increasing self-awareness, and finding more intention in daily activities. New studies have also found that people using mindfulness meditation techniques such as breath awareness, body scanning, and mindful movement saw their anxiety improve nearly as much as those who were taking common antidepressants.

This winter, The Family Institute will offer several opportunities to learn the foundations of mindfulness and how these tools can be incorporated into daily living. Join us on January 25th at 12pm CST for our first Circle of Knowledge event of the year: The Pillars of Well-Being Mindfulness Workshop. In this 1-hour workshop Karla Hargrove, M.A., LPC, Staff Therapist and Certified Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, will present a n introduction on how to cultivate a gentler and more flexible approach to living in today’s world. Please click here to register.

The Family Institute will also offer a more in-depth mindfulness experience through our 4-week Pillars of Well-Being Mindfulness Series beginning on February 7, 2023. Please click here to learn more.

For additional resources about mindfulness meditation Michael Maslar, Psy.D, Director of Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies shares An Introduction to Mindfulness. Also find here 8 Mindfulness Tips that can help someone begin or continue their journey with mental health. For those that may be in more immediate need of support please visit our website to request an appointment.


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