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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

You can also

  • call the crisis line at 1-800-784-2433
  • chat online with Kids Help Phone
  • SMS/Text Kids Help Phone by texting CONNECT to 686868, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP

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What are the benefits of being mindful?

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It’s common to sometimes get carried away with thoughts or worries about the past or future. Mindfulness can help you focus on the here and now. It teaches you how to react to everyday events with acceptance and without judgement.

Mindfulness can have many benefits for the mind, body and relationships. For example, studies show that mindfulness can:

Improve your mood

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Mindfulness can help your mind disconnect from its stress centre, the amygdala. This increases positive emotions while reducing stress and negativity.

Reduce stress

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People with stress-related disorders tend to have a smaller hippocampus. This area of the brain is used for memory. Mindfulness can increase the size of your hippocampus and help to protect you against the negative effects of stress.

Improve memory and concentration

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The pre-frontal cortex can become more developed with the practice of mindfulness. This is the part of your brain responsible for awareness, concentration, planning and decision making.

Keep you healthy

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Mindfulness can improve your body’s ability to fight off disease. A major study found that people who took part in an eight-week mindfulness course had a stronger immune system.

Help you sleep better

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People who practice mindfulness may sleep better and feel less tired. You can create a relaxation response in the body when you focus on a calming sound, thought, or image. This helps you fall asleep more easily. If you practice mindfulness during the day, it is easier to create this response when you need to go to sleep.

Build compassion

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There’s evidence that mindfulness increases activity in the areas of the brain related to understanding the suffering of others. Studies also point to more activity in those areas involved in self-compassion and regulating emotions.

Better relationships

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Mindfulness can lead to greater satisfaction in relationships. It seems to increase emotional intelligence, which can improve your social skills. It also helps you cooperate and understand other people’s perspectives.

Help treat anxiety and depression

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Mindfulness has been used to treat anxiety and depression for over a decade. At least one major study suggests it may be as good as medication in treating depression and preventing relapse.

Please note: The practice of mindfulness can be helpful for people with disorders related to trauma. In such cases, we recommend working with a skilled mindfulness instructor because some people may re-experience traumatic memories.

Check out this video on why mindfulness is a superpower:

See references for the benefits listed above here.

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