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Mindful Relationships

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Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe characteristics of mindful relationships and how to develop more mindful relationships.
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Mindful relationships involve being present and paying attention to our relationships with ourselves and within ourselves. Mindfulness, a growing and expanding field, is the ability to focus without judgment and the ability to be present in the moment. It is a skill we can acquire and a compassionate practice individuals can integrate into their lives. As we cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion for ourselves, our relationship with our selves, our significant others, partners, families, and communities are improved.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe mindfulness as it relates to relationships.
  • Identify elements of a mindful self.
  • Discuss ways to improve relationships with mindfulness.
  • Describe elements of attentive (active) listening and mindful speech.

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. It means being conscious, being present, and maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Being mindful involves non-judgment (paying attention to thoughts and feelings with the attitude of an impartial witness) without believing them or taking them personally. Mindful relationships are an extension of being mindful in our personal lives. By integrating mindfulness into our lives, we enhance our individual well-being and our relationships almost certainly become more mindful, positive, and compassionate as a result (Firestone, 2013; Francis, 2015).

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that, when used regularly, helps individuals improve their overall health and sense of well-being. Mindful practices are often part of relaxation techniques and they help reduce stress and anxiety. Mindfulness is also a central aspect of meditation-based techniques, many of which have also been found to be effective in reducing stress, lowering the risk of heart disease, enhancing immune function, and decreasing symptoms of depression (Francis, 2015: Roemer, 2002).

The primary areas of the brain that are affected (and improved) by mindfulness practice include the following (Greenberg, 2015):

  1. Anterior cingulate cortex (associated with self-perception; regulation of attention, emotions, and impulses; cognitive flexibility, the ability to change problem-solving strategies when needed)
  2. Hippocampus (associated with making new memories, supporting resilience)
  3. Corpus callosum (associated with more holistic, emotional, nonverbal processing)

Because mindfulness affects so many elements of the brain and the body, it results in increased empathy and improved satisfaction with relationships—including the relationship we have with our selves (Greenberg, 2015). Dr. Daniel Siegel defines mindfulness as the process of developing an awareness of the present moment that is filled with COAL—curiosity, openness, acceptance, and love toward one’s ongoing life experiences (Greenberg, 2015).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Course Expires:

July 14, 2019

Instructor(s):
  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

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