Peace of Mind
Have you ever just closed your eyes and taken a deep breath when the world feels like it’s spinning out of control? Have you ever found yourself counting backwards from ten as a way to calm yourself? If you have, then you have already begun the steps to practicing mindfulness meditation.
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. This state is described as observing one’s thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.” – Psychology Today
Many mental health practitioners use mindfulness meditation as a way to help their clients with issues such as lowering stress levels, reducing harmful rumination, and protecting against depression and anxiety. Research even suggests that mindfulness can help people better cope with rejection and social isolation. Here is a quick guide on mindfulness techniques:
Give yourself time and space
You don’t need anywhere special or any special equipment to start meditating. You just need a solid, comfortable, and stable seat where you will be free of distractions and some time for yourself. If you are sitting on the floor you can try crossing your legs, or if you are in a chair you should try to have your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Observe the moment as it is
Mindfulness isn’t about clearing your mind of all thoughts, but rather being present in the moment and not judging or worrying. Your mind may jump from place to place, but the goal is to accept these thoughts as they are. Try to keep your body loose and comfortable, and your gaze softened to whatever is in front of you. It isn’t necessary to close your eyes.
Return to the moment
If you find yourself getting distracted by outside or judgemental thoughts, redirect yourself to concentrating on the moment. Recognize and acknowledge any judgemental thoughts, and then let them go. Focus on your breath, going in and out, and the rise and fall of your belly or chest.
Are you looking for help to live more mindfully?
The Therapy Centre has skilled Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychotherapists who are highly skilled in using a mindfulness approach to effectively treat a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, low mood/depression and fears.
At The Therapy Centre we offer Telehealth services including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing, as well as in-person sessions.
Our offices are located at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville and 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton-just minutes from the QEW and easily accessible from Peel Region, Halton Region, Halton Hills, Stoney Creek and Niagara Region.