Mindfulness is a technique that can be learned to allow you to be fully present and engaged in the moment without judging anything. It can aid in the management of your thoughts, feelings, and mental health.
What exactly is mindfulness?
Mindfulness exercises are techniques for paying attention to the present moment that include meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations so that they can manage them instead of being overwhelmed by them.
What are the advantages of mindfulness?
Mindfulness can assist you with:
- Helps you better understand your emotions
- Aids in dealing with difficult thoughts
- It makes you feel more relaxed.
- Improves your attention and concentration.
- It can help you improve your relationships.
Mindfulness-based approaches have been shown in studies to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. They can also assist people who have previously been depressed in remaining well and avoiding relapse.
Who is able to practice mindfulness?
Anyone who wants to improve their daily well-being can benefit from mindfulness practice. While it has Buddhist roots, you do not need to be religious or spiritual to practice it.
However, if you are extremely ill and would find learning a new skill too difficult, mindfulness may not be beneficial. You must also be prepared to notice difficult thoughts, which may initially make you feel worse.
People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be aware that mindfulness can exacerbate their trauma symptoms. Paying close attention to yourself in mindfulness exercises can trigger flashbacks, intense emotions, or dissociation if you’ve experienced trauma. Ascertain that your teacher is properly trained and capable of adapting the exercises to your needs if necessary.
If you are unsure, consult your primary care physician or a trained mindfulness practitioner like we have here at Very Good Counseling before beginning.
How can I put mindfulness into practice?
TAKING CERTIFIED CLASSES
There are some structured mindfulness programs available to assist people with specific issues.Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is intended to help people who suffer from recurrent depression. To help break negative thought patterns, it combines mindfulness with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). NICE, the healthcare guidance organization, recommends MBCT for people who have recurrent depression and are currently well. Mindfulness meditation and yoga are used in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). It has the potential to assist participants in dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, and pain.
MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
You can practice mindfulness on a daily basis, in addition to setting aside time for more formal practice. As an example:
- Consider how the air moves past you as you move, the feel of a bannister as you go upstairs, or the taste and textures of the food you eat.
- Choose a regular time, such as your morning commute or evening walk, to become more aware of the sensations caused by your surroundings.
- Try something new, such as taking a different route home from the station or sitting in a different seat on the bus. This can help you see the world in a new light.
- Take note of your thoughts. If you sit quietly for a few moments, you will most likely notice your mind wandering. Rather than engaging with them, simply observe and let them go.
If you are having difficulty with mindfulness, please schedule an intake to see how we can help you improve your mindfulness ability.