Mindfulness, the idea of being purposefully in the present without judgment, is being promoted throughout the WSMR workforce through a series of trainings to help keep WSMR ready and resilient.
WSMR Army Community Services Family Advocacy Program Manager Espy Garcia is hosting a series of mindfulness events in conjunction with the Wellness Program.
“Allow yourself to give yourself a break from all of the distractions,” Garcia said. “Take a break and take the time, on purpose, to really relax and allow yourself that time.”
Garcia has hosted a series of mindfulness walks this month and hosted a Mindfulness and the Art of Eating Chocolate May 18.
In these trainings, Garcia teaches her audience how to be mindful of their surroundings and their body through a series of breathing exercises. A deep inhale and bring in calmness, strength, and relaxation. A deep exhale should allow you to remove all of your ailments.
“Whenever we’re stressed or anxious we tend to not take in a full heap of breath,” Garcia said. “It feels like something stinging in your chest.”
Garcia said that by teaching the idea of mindfulness to the workforce, she hopes to reduce any type of physical or emotional ailment.
“If you have 60 seconds of a day, give yourself permission to take that time and relax. Your work will always be there,” Garcia said.
Edna Hakenson, WSMR Quality Assurance Specialist attended a mindfulness walk and the art of eating chocolate. She said the same ideas were reinforced in both courses and she enjoyed attending both.
“It helped me to be able to say, ‘yes I have permission to relax. If I slow down and make a plan I’m going to get it done faster,’” Hakenson said.
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