Mindfulness in May

This month’s coaching topic is on “Mindfulness“.  I topic I have been hearing much about, but knew little about when it came down to it.  Upon researching the topic here is what I found:

  • Mindfulness is a form of meditation
  • It is derived from Buddhist meditation practices
  • It has recently gained popularity in being used primarily for stress reduction
  • It focusses on breathing
  • It is purposefully paying attention, purposefully staying in the present moment
  • It is not judging the thoughts or emotions that come to mind and simply letting them be what they are good or bad (not reacting to them)

This form of meditation has been documented to have physical and health benefits such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Fighting depression
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Improving memory
  • Fostering compassion for others

I also found a good YouTube clip from Jon Kabat-Zinn who has propelled the mindfulness movement with his Mindfulness– Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), check it out:

Interesting Infographics for Nurses

For all of you nursing students the link below contains some really interesting infographics about the career boom in the field of nursing and how it relates to healthcare.  I found it particularly interesting, which states are hiring the most nurses and they type of nurse (area of specialty) that is in demand.  90% of nurses report being satisfied with their career choice – that is pretty outstanding.  This provides a lot of interesting information in a matter of minutes, check it out!

http://news.healthecareers.com/2015/05/nursing-usa-infographic-the-state-of-americas-nursing-industry/?type=email&source=admin-052315&respmid=052315_Admin&resprid=14940643

 

Tips for Reading Text

Each quarter students have to pay for textbooks.  It can add up to quite a bit of money depending on how many textbooks are required per course and how many courses a student is taking.  Since textbooks come at such a price, wouldn’t you want to make the most of them?  I certainly would.  I also would like to equip all students with the skills to read textbooks for optimal retention of information.  There are many different techniques and tips out there for remembering information read in textbooks, articles, or assigned readings.  Below is a webinar presented by Connie from The Reading Lab on the main Bellevue College Campus.  In this presentation she provides information on how to really learn the important aspects in textbooks.  Check it out!  Click the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgCSuMrmGoQ

The Reading Lab is part of the Academic Success Center on the main Bellevue College campus.  The specialists that work in The Reading Lab can assist with many different aspects of improving reading for academic purposes.  I encourage everyone to check them out:

https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/asc/reading/