If you are new to mindfulness practice, understanding what mindfulness is can be confusing. You may have heard about the benefits of mindfulness practice from someone in your life and want to make it a part of your own.
In this article, you will learn that mindfulness is one of the building blocks of many skills including DBT or dialectical behavior therapy skills and it will be really helpful if you are trying to promote self-care in your life.
You might be surprised to find out that mindful therapy goes beyond the mindfulness meditations that we hear about. You might find them on YouTube or have heard other people talking about them and you can integrate mindfulness practice into every moment of your everyday life.
What is Mindfulness & Self-Care?
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines that mindfulness is the perception that emerges from paying attention to purpose in the current moment non-judgmentally.
For many of us, we go through our lives very quickly. We go from one thing to the next for multi-tasking and we do not spend a lot of time at the moment noticing ourselves, and overlook that what is happening around us. We might think that this is adaptive because it allows us to get through our lives quickly.
However, many people when going for therapy say that they feel much stressed and they do not fully enjoy the moments of their life. An individual is 100% sure about his/her emotions and ends up reacting in some way. The reaction could be in the form of over-eating, excessive use of any substance, and arguing with the partner/children at home. There are various kinds of ways that the stress comes out.
Development of Mindfulness-Based Therapy
Developing mindfulness-based therapy at an earlier stage of stress is a nice way to pause, slow down, take a step back, observe what is happening, learn a lot about yourself, and how and why you react to certain situations.
Benefits Mindfulness-Based Therapy
Meditation has been going on for quite some time now, and the American psychological association has gotten behind mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies as a way of helping people and a way to deal with the whole clinical issues.
Studies have found that mindfulness has increased positive affect and mood as well as decreasing anxiety and stress. That all sounds pretty good.
Self-Care and Mindfulness Therapy
Everything comes back to mindfulness when you start considering self-care, and rather than searching for different topics on self-care we must go for mindfulness.
People are busy and it is easy to become tired and overwhelmed. This is especially true for family caregivers and helping professionals. When we get stressed we tend to stop taking care of ourselves as well as we should.
There is a way to transform your ability to manage stress. Researchers of the top-ranked institutions have found that mindfulness therapy changes the brain, improves the ability to manage stress, limit distractions, and promote the sense of overall well-being.
The US department of veterans’ affairs describes mindfulness therapy as a method of calming the mind. It can be effectively practiced in as little as 5-10 minutes a day.
Here are the few tips to begin the mindfulness therapy routine for self-care:-
- Start Small: Small sessions of the therapy at the beginning will let you be comfortable. As you become enough comfortable, you may give more time to try.
- Be Patient: Think of therapy as it is a cure for your problem especially in your first several sessions.
- Be Intentional: Be interested in increasing your mental focus towards the therapy which will increase your sense of being calm, and help to remember your goals. It will make you stick to your daily commitment to the therapy.
- Be Strategic: Select a time and place where you can relax.
- Be Flexible: If you find it difficult to meditate and focus on therapy sometimes, try to figure out some other time of the day to hold the session.
Mindfulness is a big topic and we just chipped its surface. It is really hard to wrap it around hands, but from the above discussion, it can be concluded that mindfulness-based therapies help control stress, increase brain focus, and well-being of mental health of a human being.