Coping Using Mindfulness

Life can be challenging. Taking time to be mindful – to stop and notice what’s going on within you and around you – can help with recognizing and reducing stress, anxiety and other intense experiences. Learning simple techniques can help with navigating life’s ups and downs so you can be more aware of what’s going on and what you can to do to create more ease through it.

Click through the links below to learn more about mindfulness, how it might help, and to try out simple practices.

A Simple Mindfulness Practice

Close your eyes and identify five sounds you hear in this moment
“Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all. What is happening? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you hear?”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Guided Mindfulness Practices
Looking for simple coping strategies to help you deal with stress, anxiety, sadness or other challenging emotions? Want to experience life more fully? Try a guided mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness Practices led by Crisis Centre Volunteers:

Breath Awareness (2:45 min)

Body Scan (3:33 min)

Exploring Peace (3:39 min)

Mindfulness of Body and Breath (6:09 min)

Mindfulness Practices led by other organizations:

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre

The STOP practice

Mindfulness Apps

Stop, Breathe & Think

Breathr

HEADSPACE Meditation App

MindApps – Apps That Move Your Mind

Mindfulness Meditation – MentalWorkout

Take a Chill – Stressed Teens

MindShift – Anxiety App

Other Mindfulness Resources

Common Questions About Mindfulness

Common Questions About Gratitude

Videos on Mindfulness

Articles on Mindfulness

Looking for classes or instruction? Check out our Resource List. Find classes on mindfulness in the Lower Mainland of BC.

Download a written breathing exercise or body scan. Read it to yourself or someone in your life. Lead your own mindfulness practices when you choose.

“Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. It teaches the heart to be more accommodating, not by beating it into submission, but by making it clear that accommodation is a gratifying choice.”

― Sylvia Boorstein