Take 5 to Focus returns to promote daily mindfulness


Feeling less stress, having more focus, and generally being in a better mood are the key benefits of the Take 5 to Focus program. Available on the MHealthy Portal, the program encourages participants to take short breaks and engage in a mindfulness or relaxation practice each day.

“Making regular space for rest and calm, even for a few minutes, is a way to practice self-compassion and attend to your well-being,” states Kelcey Stratton, chief behavioral health strategist, University Human Resources. “This program offers simple yet structured reminders to help you pause, restore, and refocus.”

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Take 5 to Focus offers an easy and sustainable way for individuals to try out and practice a variety of mindfulness and meditation skills. To take part, individuals are asked to view a short video, about five minutes, each day for four weeks. Progress is tracked by the MHealthy portal automatically, so a participant’s effort is simply focused on the practice of mindfulness and relaxation.

Registration for Take 5 to Focus is open through April 29. Participants are encouraged to watch 20 mindfulness recordings for four weeks beginning April 22. The program concludes in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Take 5 to Focus is open to active, benefits-eligible U-M faculty and staff, excluding those who are only eligible for the U-M GradCare health plan.


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