As we continue to maneuver through this very difficult time in our society, it is important that we manage our mental health and stress levels. Balanced You heard from employees that mindfulness classes have helped alleviate some of the anxiety many are experiencing, so we are continuing to provide these classes through August.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that uses breath work, visualization, and other skills to support you in reducing stress at work and at home. Mindfulness techniques are especially useful now, as we move through the uncertainty of the political climate and coronavirus pandemic.
Balanced You continues to partner with Mindfulness Northwest to offer free mindfulness classes and workshops to King County employees, via both employee-specific and community classes. In alignment with social distancing recommendations, all in-person classes have temporarily shifted to online platforms.
King County employee classes
In order to make the training as widely accessible to King County employees as possible, we are currently focusing only on Introduction to Mindfulness workshops.
During the two-hour long Introduction to Mindfulness workshop, participants will review how mindfulness can help reduce stress, what reactivity and burnout are, and the science that supports mindfulness. Participants will also learn several simple, but effective mindfulness practices that they can integrate into their lives right away.
Here is a list of upcoming July and August classes, along with their registration links:
|Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop Calendar|
|Date and time||Registration link|
|Wednesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, July 8, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, July 15, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Register here.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.||Register here.|
King County employees are also invited to join Mindfulness Northwest’s community-based courses throughout the Puget Sound region. Learn more about available community-based classes and how to register here.
In addition to live classes, Balanced You has also partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to develop a series of on-demand videos ranging from four to 14 minutes long. These videos can be used alone at home or in the office, or can be integrated into team meetings. Click here for more information.
Contact Balanced You with questions at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9626.