The Northwestern Health Unit is encouraging families to take part in the "12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge" this season to help build resilience, gain the ability to bounce back from life's daily challenges, build self-regulation and concentration. It also helps everyone become more aware of thoughts, emotions, impulses to act and body sensations. It promotes kindness and compassion all while spending quality time with friends and family!
Why is Mindfulness Important?
"Mindfulness is the simple act of recognizing what’s going on inside of ourselves and what’s going on around us, in the present moment and without judgement. Mindfulness is a tool that helps us manage thoughts and emotions, notice more of what’s happening in a situation, and immerse ourselves in the present moment as it unfolds. Using mindfulness skills to look at the situation in a more neutral way can have a big impact on the way we understand ourselves and our world. Mindfulness slows us down and gives us time to consider different options when we’re confronted with a problem, so we have the freedom to choose a response, rather than just reacting. Mindfulness can have a positive impact on our thoughts, behaviours and overall mental well-being—and it can be useful for anyone"
Those who would like to participate are asked to register and print off a log sheet and submit them by December 17, 2018 (to your local health unit) for the chance to win prizes!
The log sheet will ask you to check off the suggested activity for that day once you’ve completed it and to let them how you felt after completion if you feel comfortable sharing! Whether you felt calmer, less stressed, happier or even slept better!
Register and print off your log sheets for the 12 Days of a Mindful Holiday Challenge HERE!