- October 25, 2016
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- Posted by: Jacqueline
Mindfulness: Can it improve your day to day life?
The practice of mindfulness is becoming increasingly common, but with a wealth of misinformation on the internet, it can be easy to miss the true object of the practice and feel as though it doesn’t work or isn’t right for you.
With a properly trained therapist to light the way, mindfulness can be an exceptionally empowering tool useful in combatting a huge number of anxiety and stress-related disorders as well as their accompanying physical ailments such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome.
In fact, even if you don’t suffer from any of these ailments, practising mindfulness can still provide powerful a mood-boosting support to everyday life. Mindfulness is not a stage show and is not concerned with Derren Brown or Paul Mckenna, it’s about equipping you with the tools to better understand the workings of your own mind.
By practising effective mindfulness under our guidance, you will come to understand that your thoughts are not you, that you can achieve a separation from your thoughts and feelings that allow you to reconnect with your immediate surroundings and reconnect with yourself.
You will learn to take charge of your thoughts and dissipate the lingering clouds of low mood that can prevent you from living life to the full. Mindfulness will provide coping mechanics that prevent spiralling negative thoughts from taking hold. When something doesn’t go your way, or your confidence takes a knock, no longer will your mind take you on a twisted journey of over-analysis and self-persecution. You will learn to see things as they really are and quickly move past emotional obstacles in an optimising and pragmatic way.
If all this sounds like an impossible dream you could be exactly the type of person who will benefit from our mindfulness training. I have studied and trained with some of the leading GPs in this area and would love to speak with you to find out how mindfulness can improve your life. Why not get in touch today for a chat, and take the first step on your mindfulness journey.
Mindfulness: Where has it come from and where is it going?
As a therapist, paying attention to contemporary neuroscience research is essential. Dan Seigel’s research offers mindfulness as a learnable skill enabling its’ practitioners act with more awareness, lessen self-loathing and boosting personal confidence, combating many of the problems arising from 21st-century depression. Much of this incorporates new ways of understanding language and communication. For anyone interested in language constructions used within modern hypnotherapy I would highly recommend the book The Mindful Brain published by Norton, specifically p93 – 95.
A client diagnosed with depression will often feel isolated and untreatable, thinking “I am just a depressed person”. Building a productive an open relationship with a qualified therapist can start the process of breaking down these barriers and begin to heal the depression. Writing in clinical research literature, Ackerman, Hilsenroth, and Knowles offer the following description of the early phases of creating the therapeutic alliance:
The therapist’s use of psychodynamic-interpersonal activities in the beginning of treatment (e.g., encouraging the experience and exploration of uncomfortable feelings, allowing the patient to initiate discussion of salient themes, and focusing on in- sessional relational themes between the therapist and the patient) may inform the patient that the therapist is willing (and able) to help address issues that have been previously avoided.
In mindfulness theory, this means three separate and interconnecting concepts – intention, attention and attitude. The therapist is mindfully present to however the individual is. Of course, it is true and factually correct that the therapist is also paid to be present. This may be useful and relevant for clients to discuss explicitly at some point in the duration of our sessions. Mindfulness will give you the tools to handle interactions you may have previously thought uncomfortable and in doing so will free you of the negative thought spirals and mental white noise that previously would have prevented you from living a full life.
If you have any questions or are curious about what mindfulness can do for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a friendly, no-obligation chat.