Well-being Library – eBooks on Health & Well-being
Saskatoon Healthy Workplace Initiative has a number of online eBooks on Mindfulness, Self-Care and Stress Management available for all SHA employees to borrow through the Patient and Staff Medical Library. Access these eBooks from a SHA computer, or use your Library barcode to access them from home.
Check out these free resources today to further your understanding and practice of mindfulness and to expand your understanding of and tools for self-care and managing stress.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally (Jon Kabat-Zinn). It means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness can help individuals manage their attention and focus their minds with intention. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of lasting physical, psychological, and social benefits. Research indicates that learning to be mindful has many benefits at work, including decreases in stress levels, emotional exhaustion and multi-tasking and improvements in:
- quality of life
- physical & mental energy and wellbeing
- work life balance
- focus & concentration
- job performance
- problem solving
- job satisfaction
- ethical decision making
- creativity & innovation
9 Meditation Tips from Jon Kabat-Zinn – in this short video series by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of The Center for Mindfulness, Jon shares what he calls the 9 attitudes that create a strong foundation for mindfulness practice.
What is mindfulness and what does it mean to you? – This 5-minute video offers a basic understanding of mindfulness and suggests that most of us have already experienced being mindful before.
Zen Habits – is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
Infographics from MindWell-U
You don’t have to close your eyes or go into a quiet room – you can start small and learn to practice mindfulness in action – at work, driving, enjoying a meal or having a conversation.
From Obscure to Obvious: Can you imagine your daily routine without these activities? At one point, these concepts were considered strange and unnecessary, but now they’re part of our everyday lives.
How to Handle Emotions at Work: Many of us equate professionalism and leadership with emotional suppression, but it is actually the number one barrier between us and our purpose. Instead of suppressing emotions, we need to be mindful of them to regulate them.