Introduction to the Mindfulness Coach app

Introduction to the Mindfulness Coach app


Graphic: VA Logo and Seal Narrator: If you would like to learn practices that
can help reduce stress and improve your well-being, the Mindfulness Coach app is for you. Mindfulness Coach is a free smartphone app
that can help you quickly learn the basics and get started with your own mindfulness
practice. Mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose,
to the present moment without judgement. Practicing mindfulness can improve concentration,
sleep, anger, stress, and many other symptoms commonly associated with posttraumatic stress
disorder, or PTSD. In the “Mindfulness Training” section,
you’ll be gently guided through 14 levels designed to help you learn the basics of mindfulness,
one step at a time. You’ll learn what mindfulness is and how
to integrate it into your lifestyle; how mindfulness can help; and many different styles of mindfulness
practice. As you learn more about mindfulness in each
level of the training plan, you’ll put your learning into practice with a short, seated
exercise. You’ll start with just 1 minute of mindfulness
per day and work your way up to 15 minutes per day by the end of the training. You’ll also see your progress over time,
with personal goals that you set for yourself. As you complete each level of training, you’ll
see your progress grow with a “mindfulness tree” – from a seedling at level 1 to a
fully-grown tree at level 14. In the “Practice Now” section, you can
get quick access to the mindfulness exercises that are recommended for you, based on your
current level of the training plan. You can also easily keep track of your favorite
exercises. To see all of the exercises available within
the app, tap “All.” Mindfulness Coach has lots of additional exercises
available to download for free, including audio exercises from previous versions of
the app. You can practice these exercises on your own
time and at your own pace. When you’ve finished practicing an exercise,
you can choose to mark it as a favorite so it’s easy to find later. Then take a moment to log your experience. In “Track Progress” you can create your
own goals to start integrating mindfulness practice into your daily life. Add goals that you want to track daily; whether
it’s being more patient with a loved one or simply taking a few moments a day to practice
mindfulness. You can also take the “Mindfulness Mastery”
assessment to see how you’re doing with making mindfulness a part of your life, to
track your progress over time, and to get personal feedback. With “Practice Logs” you have a place
to record your experiences practicing mindfulness; how long you practiced, which exercises
you used, and notes about what worked well and what didn’t. In the “Build Expertise” section you can
go deeper into the study of mindfulness, with short informative articles on how to get started
with mindfulness practice, how to cultivate mindfulness in your life, and what to do when
practicing mindfulness seems challenging. Mindfulness Coach is free, completely private,
and easy to use. Download today and learn how practicing mindfulness
can lower your stress and boost your well-being. Text: LEARN MORE ABOUT PTSD AT
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