Mindfulness is a practice that can be very helpful in lowering stress and anxiety. By practising mindfulness you become more aware of yourself and the world around you without judgment. You are more in the moment and less in the future or past, which can be responsible for your suffering through anxiety, stress and other common conditions of a hectic life. Mindfulness is taught in many places, and there have been several studies in mental health facilities on its benefits.
You can read further on mindfulness in Jonathan Haverkampf’s books or articles on the topic.
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What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/
Mindfulness aims to help you: “become more self-aware, feel calmer and less stressed, feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings, cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts, be kinder towards yourself. ” https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/mindfulness/about-mindfulness/
The Mindfulness Centre
The Mindfulness Centre offers an 18-month training programme in teaching mindfulness-based interventions. https://www.mindfulness.ie/
Psychology Today – Mindfulness
Jon Kabat-Zinn developed a program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to treat chronic pain. He discovered that patients would often try to avoid pain—but that that avoidance would lead to deeper distress. Practising mindfulness was a more successful approach. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/mindfulness/
NHS – What is Mindfulness?
“An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment.” https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/tips-and-support/mindfulness/