Counseling Center

Mindful Mondays

A sunny landscape with the words "Mindful Mondays"

Mindful Monday Walks

Due to cold weather, Mindful Mondays will not be held until further notice. Come join the UNI Counseling Center on a mindful walk in nature. There is no sign-up necessary and no commitment. You can feel free to come to as many or as few as you would like.



What is "Mindfulness"?

According to, mindfulness " the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. The art of mindfulness largely arose from early Buddhism and Hindu teachings, and was not popularized in the United States until around the 1970's (Selva, 2020). In the United States, Jon Kabat-Zin is widely regarded as the popularizer of mindfulness practices as he studied mindfulness under several influential Buddhist instructors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh (Selva, 2020). Kabat-Zin later went on to to use his understanding of mindfulness to create the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program (Selva, 2020). Today, mindfulness can be found in many places from popular phone apps such as Headspace to key components of psychological therapy (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; headspace, Selva, 2020)

"Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation (Video)"

"The Best Mindfulness Books of 2019"

"All it takes is 10 mindful minutes - Andy Puddicome (Video)"


How can I practice mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a relaxation technique that is always available to us, whether in the form of full body scans, meditations or simple daily mindful moment practices ( has a fantastic guide for people interested in learning more about mindfulness or wanting to engage in mindful activities (START HERE). There are tons of other resources and activities available to learn more about mindfulness and mindfulness exercises. 

"22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities For Adults"

"5 Simple Mindfulness Practices for Daily Life"

"Meditation and mindfulness exercises"


Looking for a space to reflect or meditate? Meditation room, located in the Hemisphere Lounge, behind Chat's in Maucker Union. Open everyday and everyone is welcome


After Hours Crisis/Emergency

In case of immediate danger: Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

For urgent situations outside of office hours: Call the Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676 and press 2 to speak to a crisis counselor.

Statewide Crisis Line:

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)