What would it be like to stop, be still, and just focus on your breath, or on the physical sensations of your feet touching the floor? What would it be like not to worry - even if it is just for few moments? Doesn’t it sound freeing?
Many of us feel the stresses of everyday life but how are you managing your stress? Do you brush it under the carpet, and hope it goes away? Do you maybe avoid experiencing it, yet often have various physical symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, headaches, or painful and tense muscles? Or do you give yourself regular ‘me-time’ in order to ease the stress?
Mindfulness is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve depression and low mood. According to Jon Kabat-Zin, “Mindfulness means paying attention is a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment”. Marsha Linehan’s view is that “Mindfulness is taking control of your mind rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you”. Mindfulness is not meant to ‘work’, relax you, change things, stop your mind wandering, make you more cheerful, turn negative experiences into positive ones; it’s not about trying to get somewhere – it’s about trying to be somewhere - right here, right now (Dunkley & Stanton, 2014).
Mindfulness is now one of the recommended treatments for depression by the NICE Guidelines (click here for further information). Following further training & reading on Mindfulness, I have introduced it to my therapeutic work as well. Many of my clients have felt the benefits of Mindfulness, and continue practising it.
If you are interested in Mindfulness, please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is a very good Mindfulness exercise as a taster for you (click here).
Good mental health to you.