Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

 

After watching the mindfulness video I went to YouTube to look up some actual mindfulness techniques. I found a few that were different types and different lengths. One was a guided meditation for 10 minutes that was focused on breathing and being mindful of my breath. At first it was easy and if my mind wondered the speaker in the video (which also played calming music and showed a gentle sea) would say to redirect your focus back to the breathing and to do so without judgment. I was only able to do this for a little over 4 minutes. I had a lot of trouble keeping my mind focused and the more time that went by the harder it was to focus. I realized this may not be the mindfulness exercise that will work best for me. I tried another video that talked about just taking 2 minutes out of the day to focus on a small physical object, whether it be a leaf or something like that. It talked about really focusing on the object’s shape, size, color, etc. To really make sure one is present and then to take in the other elements around us. I liked this one a lot. It is one I will try to incorporate into my routines at least a couple times a week. Overall I would say the impact was positive. In a profession of helping others I will always need ways to take care of myself. Using this in in my own life will be a positive form of safe care. Teaching this to clients will help them add to their own coping skills and would be a great benefit for them to know and learn about.

 

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

One thing I will be taking away from this course is how important our genetics are and how they factor in to the way we are whether it is our temperament or response to stress. Another thing is the affects of trauma and stress from the mother and what she experiences (or has experienced in her lifetime) and how that will cause measurable problems to her child. Whether that leads to cognitive delays or difficult temperaments.

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