By now we know that good mental health is just as important as good physical health, but many of us get stuck on what actions we can take to achieve this. Well, the UK's National Health Services (NHS) offers some helpful tips: 1. Reframe unhelpful thoughts: The way we think, feel, and behave are linked. Sometimes we develop patterns of thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful so recognising them, and taking steps to think about things differently, can improve your menta
Happy Mindfulness Day! One of the things I love most about mindfulness is how completely discrete and portable it is - you can apply it to any situation, simply by being aware of what's happening inside you and around you in the present moment, and not judging it. That's why I call it 'peace on the go' - with practice you can access that space of presence and calm anytime, anywhere; especially when you need it most. Today, why not try incorporating some mindfulness into your
Practicing gratitude has been shown to reduce stress and improve our sense of wellbeing. Research shows that when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic (or calming) part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and releasing dopamine and serotonin. Serotonin helps you feel happier, calmer, and more focused, while dopamine makes you feel motivated, accomplis
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life Neuroplasticity is a term that refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. Practicing mindfulness meditation consistently can change the way you think, feel, and act—because it can literally change your brain.⠀ Will you practice today?
#braintraining #mindfulness #neuroscience
Caribbean Mindfulness Institute Founder and Managing Consultant, Ms. Makeda N. McKenzie, is delighted to return to the International Conference of Mindfulness - hosted by the Aarhus University Dansk Center for Mindfulness, Denmark. Held live and online July 5th - 9th 2021, the theme of this year's International Conference of Mindfulness (ICM) is "Diversity and Equality - Leaving No One Behind." Through four days of talks, workshops, and symposia, a panel of distinguished inte
As we enter another lockdown...
Relax your jaw...
Soften your body...
Close your eyes...
Place your hand over your heart....
Slowly inhale...Slowly exhale....
Remember: everything that has a start, must come to an end....
Be gentle with yourself.
Don't forget to breathe. #mindfulness #meditationpractice #presentmoment #selfcompassionbreak #dontforgettobreathe
Struggling to find time for your mindfulness practice? You can turn any activity into a practice opportunity once you set the intention to be fully present with what you are doing and experiencing, and bring an open and curious attitude to it. Mindful eating is maintaining an in-the-moment awareness of the food and drink you put into your body. Paying attention to the moment-to-moment experience of eating can help you improve your diet, manage food cravings, and even lose we
Did you catch us on last night's 7 o'clock news broadcast? Our Founder and Managing Consultant, Makeda N. McKenzie, was thrilled to be invited again to contribute to CNC3 Television Trinidad and Tobago's 'Motivational Monday' segment. This time she spoke about the Myth of Multitasking. Take a look and let us know what you think ;) Thank you CNC3 for having us back! #productivityhack #mindfulness #mindfulnessatwork
Burnout is now a recognised medical diagnosis and included in the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual. Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can suck the joy out of your career, friendships, and family interactions. With the ever-increasing demands of work, family life, and relationships, and the looming realities of pandemic-living, it can be easy to feel stretched thin, depleted, and overloaded.
Did you catch us on the 7 o'clock news last night?! The Caribbean Mindfulness Institute is honoured to be the first guest of CNC3's great new segment 'Motivation Mondays'. Our Founder and Managing Consultant, Makeda McKenzie, spoke about mindfulness and its application in real-life. Take a look and let us know what you think :) Thank you CNC3 Television, Trinidad and Tobago for the feature! #mindfulness #stressmanagement #mentalhealthtips
Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is important because it influences every aspect of our lives - how we think, feel, and behave every day. It affects our ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. We all have mental health, but how good is it? Being mentally healthy is not just the absence of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Good menta
A little stress every now and then is not something to be too concerned about, but when we are under persistent, chronic stress - such as the kind that comes with living through a global pandemic - our mental and physical health may suffer. Luckily for us, mindfulness meditation has been shown to have numerous health benefits to the mind and body, which can come in extra-handy during these stressful Covid-times. It is a science-backed, portable and adjustable, self-care pra
As published in the Caribbean Medical Journal July 29th, 2020 I’ll let you in on a little secret – being a meditator doesn’t mean that you never feel worried or stressed out. There’s a perception out there, probably from years of (good-natured but exaggerated) representation in television and film, that people who meditate are an elite group of enlightened, super-disciplined, and almost ethereal beings who can magically transport themselves to a mental space void of stress an
I'm honoured for the invitation to contribute this article to the Trinidad and Tobago's Medical Association newsletter. A growing body of evidence suggests that mindfulness training is effective in reducing indicators of burnout, depression, anxiety, and stress and improving indicators of well-being, vigor, empathy, and stress-resilience. Having a mindfulness practice to draw on when things get tough can be a great tool to help you spot when overwhelm and challenging emotions
💜 Compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others, and wanting to do something about it. 💜 When you have compassion, you're putting yourself in someone else's shoes and really feeling for them. 💜 When you feel compassion for someone, you really want to help out. 💜 Compassion includes the desire to take actions that will alleviate another person's distress. The world needs compassion now more than ever. Here are just a few ways we can show it: ✔️R
Last month I had the distinct honour of speaking at the 5th Convening of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network for Post-Disaster Recovery as part of a panel discussing Innovative Approaches to Mental Resilience. Following the devastating 2017 hurricane season, local leaders from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda approached President Bill Clinton to help them build back better. In response, the Clinton Foundation launched the CGI A
Mindfulness has gone from fringe ritual to mainstream health move, and for good reason. Doctors at prominent hospitals regularly recommend it for conditions like insomnia, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. According to a September 2016 article that appeared in a special edition of Time Magazine called Mindfulness: The New Science of Health and Happiness - here are some ways meditation changes your body: 1. Your brain releases happy chemicals: You get a boost of se
Happy New Year!
When I formed my company in 2017, my vision was to bring stress relief right to the source of stress for many - the workplace. 2019 saw the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute grow from strength to strength - and we know we could not have done it without your support. Last year was filled with many special moments for us. Whether it was traveling to Barbados to speak at an international mindfulness conference, being featured in the local press, or delivering our
It seems like everywhere we look there's a new study telling us that meditation is key for increased productivity, decreased stress, and general well-being. And while you may know that mindfulness and meditation are good for you, with so many demands on your time learning how to meditate often gets put in the category of one of those things you'll get to "someday" - month after month, year after year.
If this sounds like you, taking a mindfulness meditation class may be j
Any activity can become an opportunity to practice mindfulness once you give it your full attention - mind, body, and heart...🌳🌱 🌼 This coming weekend, why not try gardening as an opportunity to practice some mindfulness? Start by setting the intention to give this time your full attention. Leave your phone inside, and start to tune into the sensations in your body as you work with the plants, weeds, and soil. Focus your attention on the task at hand. As much as you can,