Since the inception of this blog I have been looking forward to researching videos and articles that relate to mindfulness. Mindfulness is an intelligence, an emotional intelligence. It is something we aren't born with, or lucky enough to get through good genes. It is an awaking of the senses and it takes some work. Mindfulness by definition is the maintaining awareness of our thoughts, sensations, feelings, and moment by moment awareness.
"Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future."(http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition)
Here's a video that I felt ties Peer Support and social support to mindfulness. I think its important to note that this is an educator discussing the value of teaching emotional intelligence. Something we need to listen empathetically, self manage, self regulate, and live a HAPPIER life!!
Peer support is a term you may have heard around the stations. I want to clear up any confusion about what it is and/or the roles Peer support members play. The definition of Peer support is...
"Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters (although it can be provided by peers without training), and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening, or counseling. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self-help organizations and others meet, in person or online, as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis."(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_support)
"Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation."
At Marysville Fire we have adopted a Peer Support Program to assist members and their families with stress and crisis. Peer support members have been trained and and certified through International Critical Stress Foundation Inc.(ICSFI). Our mission is to assist individuals with confidential help. Members who seek additional help are assisted with resources that will aid the individual. If you or someone you know could use some assistance, please don't hesitate to approach any of the peer support members...
We are here for you. You are not alone.
Beyond the Gear is a informational place where firefighters and their families can read and take steps at living a healthier life. Healthy body starts with a healthy mind. I hope you enjoy.