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Applying Mindfulness Practices in
Student Advising
Cathy Baez and Brian Henry
Academic Advisors
John Muir College, UC San Diego
Mindfulness Practices in Student
Advising and ‘SELF CARE’
Mindfulness: Being in the moment!
“There are 7 elements of the mindfulness
attitude that are required for someone to
achieve the mindful state.” William Meek
Let’s take a moment..
• To Breathe
Mindfulness Attitude
Beginner’s Mind
Mindfulness Attitude
• Non-Judging - Simply observing what is happening and not
making a positive or negative evaluation.
• Patience - Things must develop in their own time.
‘Immediate gratification’
• Beginner’s Mind – Willingness to observe the world as if it was
your first time!
‘Break the workplace monotony’
Mindfulness Attitude
• Trust – Having trust in yourself, your intuition, and your abilities.
“Trust yourself. What makes it hard and how you can get better at it.”
• Non-Striving – not doing anything, just accepting that things are happening
in the moment.
QUOTE: ‘It’s hard to understand in the moment why things are happening…”
“Insights on the ‘Aha’ Moment”
• Acceptance – Completely accepting the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and
beliefs that you have and understanding that they are simply those things
• Non-Attachment – Let a thought or feeling come in and pass without
connecting it to anything, observing them exactly as they are.
“Letting go of attachment, from A to Zen”
How can I get to Mindfulness
or ‘self care’ in the office?
Relax: Quick break
10 or 60 seconds
• Take 10 seconds to enjoy your drink (coffee, tea, water)
• Take 60 seconds to focus on your breathing at your desk
Relax: During Lunch
Indoors or Out!
• Take 15 minutes to eat – focus on eating without the phone, computer, etc
• Take 15 minutes to disconnect from work , home, social media, etc.
*Quiet time or find relaxing music and focus on your breathing.
• Take 20 minutes to walk and focus on your breathing.
Reframing Behaviors and Thoughts
Cognitive Reframing in Advising
• Get students to acknowledge their counterproductive habits.
• Move past previous failures to acknowledge
current successes.
• Reinforce more productive habits.
• Remind them that academics is a practice.
Tips to Reconnect
with Nature…
1. Take a stay-cation: Block off time to be outdoors in your backyard, around the
neighborhood, take hikes, walks, etc.
2. Open the Windows: open house window or just crack the window on your drive
into work!
3. Stop and Listen: Sounds of nature, turn off TV and disconnect from other media.
4. Breathe: While outside focus on breathing in fresh air.
5. Be aimless: Go outside without a purpose. In other words “enjoy the moment!”
6. Bring Nature Indoors: Brighten up a space with natural elements like plants.
7. Walk: Replace activities (such as evening TV) with a 20 minute walk.
8. Eat fresh foods: Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and use them as snacks!
Find your“happy place”and you will
pass that calm energy to students!
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