Innovative online training that reduces stress, increases joy and enhances performance now available to individuals

MindWell Canada makes its 'mindfulness-in-action' training available to individuals starting April 18, 2016

TORONTO, April 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Previously only offered in the workplace and used by Coca-Cola Canada, the University of British Columbia, airline executives, workplace health and safety employees, government officials and more, the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge is being made available to individuals during three spring start dates: April 18, May 16 and June 1, 2016. More than 2,000 people have completed the online training since its launch in January 2016 and 95% reported it helped them better handle stress, 91% said it improved their health and wellbeing, 90% said it improved their focus and almost 100% would recommend it to others.

"The 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge is having such a huge impact on stress levels, focus and managing conflict in the workplace that we're opening it up to individuals so they can reap the benefits too," says Dr. Geoff Soloway PhD, Chief Training Officer at MindWell. "In just five minutes a day the Challenge teaches people how to drop mindfulness into their existing day regardless of whether they're in a stressful conversation, stuck in traffic or corralling the kids to school. No closed eyes, quiet rooms or crossed-legs required."

Challenge results to date include:

  • 96% reported being satisfied with the Challenge
  • 95% would recommend it to a friend or colleague
  • 95% found the Challenge helped them better handle stress
  • 91% reported the Challenge improved their health and wellbeing
  • 90% said the Challenge made them more focused at work
  • 84% reported the Challenge increased their engagement at work
  • 80% said the Challenge improved their communications skills
  • 75% reported the Challenge improved their time management skills
  • 73% said the Challenge improved leadership skills
  • 71% reported the Challenge improved collaboration with colleagues

The Challenge can be accessed from any device at any time and everyone who enrolls gets to invite a buddy to join them at no additional cost as the buddy system is proven to increase participation and engagement. The cost of the 30 day training is $60 which works out to $1 a day per person. To register for one of the spring start dates visit https://registration.take5now.net/spring2016/

"I found the Challenge to be very positive," says one of the first participants Blair Smith in a video testimonial. "I followed the daily instructions and videos… and felt refreshed, able to move on to new tasks, focused and not worrying about things happening later in the day or in three weeks' time. When you're in that mindful moment, everything seems to be ok."

"The first step to staying in the present is to realize when you are not there," says Challenge participant and change management expert Phil Buckley in his online review. "The ability to assess where my mind was became a new skill. If I was not in a productive frame of mind, I would trigger the Challenge's Take 5 breathing exercise to snap back into focus. I was back in productivity mode in less than two minutes. The more I used this tool the faster I refocused on my work."

While mindfulness is an ancient wisdom tradition, today it is an evidence-based training used in government, healthcare, education, military and business settings to decrease stress, anxiety and depression and increase performance, focus, memory and creativity.

For more information on mindfulness or the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge, please visit www.mindwellcanada.com. Follow MindWell Canada on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MindWellMind/

SOURCE MindWell Canada

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For further information: to schedule an interview or trial the Challenge, please contact: Jordan Blumberg, High View Communications Inc., jordan@highviewcommunications.com, +1 (416) 322-5897 ext. 225

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