Topic outline

  • Welcome to Mindful Tools for Stress Management Self-Study Material!

    Feeling stressed or anxious? The material will help you to learn how to

    • be here and now
    • observe our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations more clearly
    • be more self-compassionate
    • reduce stress


    When  facing difficulties we many times try not to notice them. Handling stress becomes easier when we approach difficulties rather avoiding them and learn to recognize when we start to feel stressed or worried. With practice it is possible to become less reactive and more free with our responses to the stressful situation.

    Mindfulness is a state of open attention on the present. It’s living here and now. Mindfulness involves nonjudgmental conscious awareness of one’s feelings, thoughts and surroundings. Our mind often wanders to the past or to the future. Mindfulness skills will help you to focus on the present moment.

    How to proceed?

    The material consists of four sessions, one session per week. You will get more out of the materials if you don't hurry from one session to the next. It's recommended to repeat the practices of one session daily for a week.The aim is that the participants make mindfulness practices daily routines for themselves. You need to reserve about 25-30 min for the practices daily during four weeks. However you can split it up, for example:

    • a mindful routine in the morning, e.g. brushing your teeth mindfully (5 min)
    • a short mindfulness practice during your lunch break, e.g. a breathing practice (5 min)
    • a longer practice in the evening, e.g. body scan practice (15 min)

    The materials are done by psychologist Minna Nevala and Merita Petäjä.