- What is mindfulness?Mindfulness is actively placing your attention on one thing at a time, in the present moment, and without judgment. You can be mindful of thoughts, feelings, physical sensationsâ¦anything.
- Why mindfulness?Mindfulness is one way to start to develop and then maintain your overall sense of well-being. It can allow you to be fully awake to your life by helping you to bring a non-judgmental attitude to your present moment experiences. Lack of mindfulness (mindlessness) oftentimes leads to anxiety and worry because it can propel you to focus on the past or future in a judgmental way. This could lead to decreased well-being. Increased mindfulness has been linked to some positive outcomes that can support the overall well-being and success of college students. To learn more, check out a list of articles
- How can mindfulness help me?College student life can be exciting and challenging. In addition to adjusting to Penn culture, you are continuing the journey of your life which includes such things as identity exploration, making new friends, and exploring your career interests. In the midst of this busy life, it is often so easy to over focus on the past and worry about the future, which can create distress. STILL need to talk more about how it can help.
Mindfulness-based interventions are a combination of psychoeducation and experiential learning through guided mindfulness practices. If you are new to practicing mindfulness, it will be especially helpful to work with the guidance of an experienced facilitator who could provide background information on what mindfulness is, and walk you through what a mindful way of being looks like.
If you are wondering about whether mindfulness-based interventions work, here are some established examples of empirically-supported interventions that have relevance for college students and have demonstrated effectiveness: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction [MBSR], Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT], Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT]. Examples of
- How do I practice mindfulness?If you continuously practice mindfulness, it could possibly help you feel better both physically and psychologically. The benefits of mindfulness practice has been widely documented, especially on decreasing psychological distress such as by depressive and anxious moods.
Just like any other "skill," mindful way of being also will need formal and informal practices in order for you to fully experience its impact. We have woven in ways to promote daily practices in the mindfulness workshops we offer at CAPS.
- What mindfulness-based resources does CAPS offer?CAPS provides a wide range of mindfulness workshops and groups that are tailored to meet specific needs of your journey. Our vision is to offer various modalities of mind-body wellness interventions, so that you can choose what feels appropriate and relevant to you. (See More on what services CAPS offers)
Here is what some of the Penn undergraduate and graduate students who participated in mindfulness-based groups at CAPS had to say about their experience
"Excellent group that provided me with a lot of useful skills."
"(I learned to ) Accept that it's okay to be anxious"
- Resources and Tools for a Mindful JourneyHere are some resources that may be helpful in your mindful journey. We encourage you to thoughtfully choose one or two resources that you think will be relevant and helpful in