Mindfulness

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I regularly integrate mindfulness-based techniques into both my clinical and personal work.

Mindfulness is a topic that is thrown around a lot, and there's a lot of different definitions out there. But mindfulness is just the purposeful focus on the present moment. It's like going through life with eyes open instead of eyes closed - being present in the moments that are important to you, instead of getting distracted by things that are less important. This way of living allows us to deepen our connections with others, be more authentic, and live in ways that align with our values (the things that are most important to us).

Mindfulness may help if you struggle with:

  • Mild difficulties with focus/attention

  • Speaking or acting quickly without thinking

  • Mild worry/anxiety

  • Self-criticism or perfectionism

  • Difficulty accepting reality as it is right now

  • Judgment of self or others 

  • Mindfulness can also help with general life enhancement and goal achievement. 

Mindfulness has so many benefits:

  • Relieve stress

  • Relieve worry/anxiety

  • Reduce muscle tension

  • Manage chronic pain

  • Lower heart rate and breathing rate

  • Improve relationships

  • Increase self-acceptance and acceptance of others

  • Accept what is and let go of what is not

Mindfulness can be integrated into mental health or performance programming, but it is not always appropriate to use alone. If you're struggling with a mental health difficulty, check-in with a licensed mental health professional to determine if mindfulness or mindfulness-based approaches are appropriate for you. 

Check out my blog post on mindfulness to learn more about mindfulness and how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.

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