What is it?
Mindful in May is a global meditation challenge which encourages everyone to practice 10 minutes of mindfulness a day in order to become mentally fit and improve wellbeing.
How did it start?
The campaign was founded by Elise Bialylew, a doctor based in Melbourne. Alongside 3 colleagues, she conducted a research study published in 2018 which supports the effectiveness of 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day to create significant health benefits, such as greater focus, improved stress management, reduced negative emotions and increased compassion for the self and others. This inspired her to initiate the campaign.
Why should I get involved?
Mindfulness is the practice of directing your attention to the present moment, noticing your thoughts, emotions, body state and surroundings. Common ways to practice mindfulness are meditation or yoga. According to Catherine Morey-Nase from Smiling Mind, mindfulness has been found to increase happiness and compassion; improve attention and memory; increase innovation and creativity; improve immune function and it leads to growth in areas of the brain related to wellbeing. Research suggests it can take 21 days to create a habit, if you commit to participating in the challenge you could come out of May with the habit of practicing mindfulness every day! By the end of May, you could be feeling calm, relaxed, with a positive mindset.
How is the Christina Ghobadi Foundation getting involved?
This year, the Christina Ghobadi Foundation is participating in Mindful in May. We are encouraging all of our followers to do the same. We are passionate about the significant positive impact that mindfulness and meditation has on overall wellbeing. We will be posting information about mindfulness and a 5-10 minute meditation every day of May. We are lucky to have some special guests creating some of these videos.
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