- train attention and sustainability of focus and ground in the body;
- understand the mind and our human cognitive distortions and biases;
- practice equanimity and self-compassion to calm the mind.
I struggled in my first year of college and turned to mindfulness. Working with Dr. Friedman was fun and more helpful than seeing my therapist. Interestingly, my grades improved as my anxiety went down. –Ben, college student.
Anxiety is on the rise with our youth. It affects behavior, school performance and relationships. When we feel threatened socially, emotionally, intellectually, financially, or physically, we can go into a tail spin. The more we worry, the less realistic we are. We cannot focus and tend to lose perspective.
Join Dr. Ann Friedman, Psychologist and Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, for an introduction on ways to calm your anxiety. This course is especially designed for students who are experiencing anxiety with some aspect of their life: school work, relationships, or outside activities. It is in no way intended to be a replacement for therapy for those who need it. Many people do mindfulness in conjunction with therapy or without therapy for better mental health.
Over the course of 3 sessions, students will learn techniques to:
Through international research, Harvard University has shown that the human mind wanders about half of the time: we are not where our bodies are. When we are stressed, the mind tends to wander even more, taking us off to our stressors, which often times cannot be controlled or resolved. In Session One, students will learn about the nature of the human mind, how to train their minds for focus and attention, and two practices to calm the brain when upset.
Session Two introduces our human cognitive distortions and biases. When feeling threatened, the brain often makes assumptions that are not true or we cannot know are true. For example, if a friend passes you in a hallway and doesn’t speak, you might think he or she is mad at you. Yet, it could be as likely that they are upset about something, lost in thought and didn’t see you, or on their way in a hurry and muttered hello, but you didn’t hear it. If we believe the assumption that the person is mad at us, we spend wasted time and energy trying to understand something that isn’t real. Mindfulness teaches us to observe and question our thoughts instead of being caught in them.
In the third session, we will learn how to bring equanimity (evenness) and compassion to ourselves when we are stressed. We can learn how to talk to ourselves as a good friend or someone who loves us. When we do this, we calm the limbic system of the brain.
These practices must be practiced regularly to show results. You can learn about them, but the key is to do them often. Over time, it is possible to re-wire the brain’s patterns, causing anxiety to drop significantly.
This class will be delivered through Zoom, an online meeting tool.
Mindful Being Studio
4544 Post Oak Place Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027
*NOTE: Please be sure to type this address exactly into your navigation app as there are several variations of the Post Oak street name in our area. We want to be sure that you are specifically routed to our building.
There is free parking available in the front and rear of our office building. For students attending night classes, there is a security guard present in the building.
Please note that the building doors lock at 6pm, so you will need to enter through the back door of the building, where the security guard sits.
Other Items to Note:
(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)
Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes.
Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak.
We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, that it is fine, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. We understand, however, that things can happen beyond your control and we would rather have you come late than not at all.
If you will miss your class, please inform the instructor. You may make up the class the next time the series is offered; or you may take the entire next series again for free. Alternatively, you can pay for a private make-up session.
You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio.
There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).