May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This newsletter is a humble way to help join in the mission to stop the stigma that society relates to mental health issues. We have all been impacted upon by our own, or someone we care about's struggle. So let's start the conversation.
Writing, speaking, and giving workshops is where my own personal skill set is used most efficiently towards creating awareness regarding mental health and wellness. That is why I started my private practice in December 2015; so that I could have more flexibility to pursue BrainCurves, my blog and online community inspired to provide accurate and accessible information about mind-body-brain wellness.
My latest blog posts and workshops have been focused on creating awareness regarding mental health by translating and sharing the science of mindfulness. (Read: "What is Mindfulness: And how it can help you")
Mindfulness, an oft misunderstood concept, is a tool I use often. Evidence shows compelling support for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which helps people to cope with stress, and for Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which is designed to help people with recurring depression. Both these mindfulness-based techniques provide a set of skills to manage mental health and support well-being. Through my own mindfulness practice, and those of my clients’, I have seen firsthand the ways in which mindfulness can begin to help cultivate more peace of mind and increased quality of life.
That's why this month, I want to share the posts I’ve written in order to help further define mindfulness beyond its current buzzword status and underscore how mindfulness-based techniques, while not a magic cure-all panacea, can potentially tap into our natural defenses, help with pain reduction, support neuroplasticity, and even help hone our memory as we age.
Together, let's thrive, #StigmaFree.
Jennifer Wolkin, PhD