Mental Health is vital to our existence. It determines the soundness of our intellectual reasoning and emotional status. As they say, a sound mind results in a sound body. In this manner, we can perform our daily activities and face the demands of our everyday lives with vigor, stamina and a sense of mental wellness.
However, part of our grueling daily grind are the trials and challenges that are inevitable. That is why it is essential that we need to equip ourselves to be mentally prepared and must have the capacity to overcome these hardships with conviction. Still, as human as we are, and no matter how ready we become, we yet succumbed to the pangs of psychological distress and its adverse effects.
Mindfulness could be the Key
Self-improvement or finding ways to help ourselves overcome our trials can be stressful per se. It takes a lot of self-reflection and affirmation on the attitudes and behaviors that we want to change. Sometimes, we are in denial that we are not displaying this specific behavior where in fact it is the most undesirable thing that other people see in us. If you are not capable of accepting your flaws, there is no chance that you can embark on changing your whole being.
Mindfulness could be helpful as we take the journey towards self- improvement. Examine yourself and list all the attitudes and behaviors you have. Don’t limit yourself to knowing that you possess all excellent qualities. List down your negative traits as well. Get others to give their opinion of yourself. While doing this, be aware of their feelings and accept their views. Do not argue nor contradict their beliefs about you. Remember, you are getting their opinions about yourself. This is how they see you, so you have to accept it and move to the next level.
Marisa Tolero, LMHC, explains, “When I tell you to “bring yourself to the moment,” you realize how many thousands of things you could be focusing on at the moment. So mindfulness is also choosing one of those things, like one object interacting with one of our senses, and attending to that.”
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Accepting something that is hard to believe is very difficult. If all your friends have a common opinion about you, then it is legit. If only one or two persons are saying that you have this negative trait, then it can just be limited to a few individuals and this trait is not a concern to others. Work on these negative traits. Change something that will enhance your personality and do you good. It may take some time for the change to happen, but you are assuring yourself (and others) that you are doing your best to make a better version of you.
Benefits of Mindfulness Therapy
The more you practice mindfulness therapy, you will gain its benefits not only on the psychological aspect but as well the physical side too. Different types of mindfulness therapy are gaining momentum in helping to achieve mental well-being. The following are the different modalities of interventions that involve mindfulness techniques:
Mindfulness-based stress reduction. This technique helps the mind and body to calm down to keep up with stress, illness, and pain. This is an eight-week program helping people with problems in stress management that have resulted in physical ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other persistent emotional distress. For Danna Anderson, LPC, “Mindfulness helps people develop the capacity to handle what life throws at them and creates emotional resilience.”
Additionally, Emily Diaz, LPC, wrote, “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a cognitive and behavioral therapy program, which uses a combination of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters or the lens of judgment.”
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Originally used to prevent relapse or recurrence of depression, this technique helps the person find ways to combat pessimistic thoughts that can lead to depressive states. It involves therapist-assisted activities such as meditation and breathing exercises and can progress to individual practice once the person has completed the program.
These mindfulness-based therapies can lead to positive changes in life that can be experienced by everyone. Whether you are suffering from mental or emotional distress, or just having a bad day, mindfulness can bring you back to your track if done on a regular basis.