What actually is mindfulness?

April 22, 2021 in Awareness Events

A psychology trend doesn’t happen often enough and we’re delighted when it does. People engaging with their mental health is fantastic to see, but finding reliable information and resources isn’t always easy. Mindfulness has become a more popular topic of mental health discussions as of late but what is it?

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and non-judgemental of your life in any given moment. Put simply, it’s an essential skill in managing and maintaining your mental health. It shows up in a lot of different forms throughout one-to-one and group therapies. The reason for this is that once this skill is developed, it lays a foundation for many other supportive strategies and tools. 

Developing your mindfulness skill is like practicing any other new process. You start by learning the basics, what is it? What are the rules and how do you engage in it? Then, every single day presents an opportunity to stop and be mindful. This practice is as useful when you are distressed and upset as it is when everything feels pretty peaceful. The more often you strengthen this skill, the less it feels like an effort. 

It plays an important role in therapies like DBT useful for a range of experiences, diagnosis and challenges. DBT uses mindfulness as a foundational step to learning to accept and change our thoughts, reactions and behaviours. 

To find out more about mindfulness, DBT programs and managing emotions and reactions for yourself or your loved one – contact our groups coordinator below

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