BP 12

Regarding the Mindfulness Practice homework assignment, please reflect on that process and share its impact: positive, negative, or neutral. How could you use this in your own life or how could it benefit your clients?

As we discussed in class closure last week, please state 2 things that you are taking away from this course in Human Behavior and the Social Environment.

Congrats on finishing your LAST BLOG for the semester. Hopefully you will continue to use your website for a professional showcase in the future!!


Regarding mindfulness practice assignment, when taking ten minutes out of my day to simply do nothing other than focus on my mind and where I am during the present, I got a surreal feeling. Meaning that when I erased all other distractions and left myself with only my inner thoughts, the complexity of those thoughts increased and there was a sense of clarity in those thoughts. I would think of things such as where my life is and where it is headed, trying to maintain only the positive aspects of that future. This helped build my determination and gave me hope for things to come. I believe this process is a very positive one. This could be used in my own life and with clients during times when life seems a little overwhelming and there needs to be a way to get one’s priorities straightened out. A lot of times we are too busy with the routines of life that we forget what is important to us.

The first thing I will take away from this course is the concept of epigenetics. That is, the way the environment affects our biology. As stated in the previous class, I work with those suffering from mental illness and it is important to learn what road led them to their condition rather than focusing only on the symptoms of their mental illness. Having this knowledge would help develop more effective treatment plans that are specific to each individual rather than using a cookie cutter approach for intervention based on the mental illness that they have.

The second thing I will take away from this class is the theories and concepts surrounding children, primarily those in younger childhood. The reasoning for this is because I have a younger brother who is 8 years old and through my observation of him along with the material presented in the book, the knowledge has an application in my own life which cements the knowledge I am learning.

BP 11

  • Share 2 changes/additions you made to your website (note if they were peer suggested or your own ideas) and explain your reasoning behind it. If you did not make any changes, please state as such.
  • Explain the relationship between stress, physical health, and mental health as it relates to subjective well-being as concretely evidenced by the text.
  1. I did not make any changes to my website for two reasons. The first being that I believe that all the required information is included on the website already and no additional information is necessary, it would just be inflation. The second reason is in regard to my partners critique of the design. I believe the design and layout of the site to be simplistic and directs a visitor well. Adding things such as color or something that is more “colorful” would take away from the professionalism and purpose of the website.
  2. The correlation between stress, physical health, and mental health and how it effects ones welling can best be described to a client in the same way my father taught me. The way my father taught me was the state of your mind, whether you are depressed, happy, or other emotions, can effect you physically and cause/remove stress. I would explain to a client that being stressed all the time can have a negative affect on your overall health and can often cause your body to be more susceptible to sickness. Broderick (p. 542) explains that the increase in cortisol levels in your system due to stress caused by negative emotions can lead to your bodies immune system being weaker than if you were in a time in your life where stress was not effecting you. This gives more background to the term, “Worry yourself sick.”