Mindfulness teaches you to just be.
LEARN TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
We are always so busy doing things that it is hard for us to just be in the moment.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment without judgment. Whatever is happening, you are simply observing and noticing.
By incorporating a mindfulness practice into your life, you can learn to be more present, decrease stress, make better choices, and break negative behavioral patterns. It also can help you:
- Notice and savor the pleasures in life
- Create greater capacity to deal with struggles
- Become fully engaged in activities
- Stop worry cycles/regret patterns when they start
- Form deeper connections with others
- Lower your stress and blood pressure
- Reduce chronic pain
- Improve your sleep
Am I being mindful?
It’s a busy world. You cook dinner while keeping one eye on your email and another on the kids. You plan out your day in the shower and plan your weekend on the subway.
Although we all have busy lives, this multitasking can actually make us lose our connection to the present moment. Did you notice the flowers that were blooming on your way to work? Did you hear the excitement in someone’s voice when they were telling you a story?
Another common experience is the feeling of being on autopilot, which prevents us from being in the moment. We can miss the beautiful sunset, or fail to listen to our bodies and what they need. We can focus too much on getting everything done, and not spend enough time enjoying what we are actually doing.
How does mindfulness work in therapy?
There are a handful of ways that you can begin using mindfulness today. The main goal is to create a focused, attentive state to acknowledge your thoughts without judgment.
During therapy, we will teach you effective ways of being mindful, both informally and formally. We will do exercises in session to address barriers to being mindful and will discuss the benefits you experience by using these techniques.
Together, we will try out different types of mindfulness to discover which methods are helpful for you. We will also come up with ways to practice throughout the week to see how effective mindful exercises are for reducing your anxiety and overcoming your depression.
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2 Easy Mindfulness Exercises
» Formal mindfulness meditation
Sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Take a breath in and pay attention to your lungs filling up and deflating as you exhale.
Notice what thoughts come up for you and then bring your attention back to your breath.
» Informal mindfulness
The next time you’re in the shower, notice how the water feels. Notice the temperature against your skin. Notice the scents of the shampoo and the sound of the water hitting the floor.
Be present, without judgement, and notice your experience.