Mindfulness

Mindfulness is defined by Diane Winston of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center as, “paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.” Carolyn Gregoire, in her Huffington Post article further defines it as the, “practice of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment.” Mindfulness varies in definition, but basically it incorporates meditation into your daily life in order to better cope with stressors in your everyday life. Some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness include less stress, memory improvements, greater ability to focus, and more cognitive flexibility. Not only can this help your mind, it can also be a good alternative to helping treat chronic pain. Treating a patient involves treating both their body and their mind, hence why mindfulness is beneficial to everyone.

Ways to practice being more mindful: 

  1. Go on a walk: Try taking a stroll around your neighborhood, or go for a hike somewhere nearby. Take in your surroundings- watch the squirrels scurry around, and listen to the wind blowing against the trees.
  2. Create: Sketch a drawing, sing in the shower, collage your old magazines. According to Leiden University, mindfulness “boosts creative thinking”, so by creating you are actively taking part in focusing on the present, which is a mindful attribute,
  3. Breathe: Take time to focus on your breathe each day. Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale. Repeat. Think about only your breathing, and after a minute, open your eyes. This is an easy type of meditative practice that can be done wherever. Focusing on your breath can “re-center” you.

Try practicing it:

  1. Take a FREE course: Try the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course online, for free. Visit www.palousemindfulness.com to check it out. It is an 8-week long course that helps you practice mindfulness daily.
  2. Read more: Some informative books to check out are: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Danny Penman J. Mark G. Williams
  3. High Quality Home Therapy: Here at High Quality Home Therapy, we have therapists trained in mindfulness that are happy to work with you, either one-on-one, or in groups. This can be done at our spa-like office in Stamford or in the comfort and privacy of your own home. For more information, call (203)-212-4191, or email info@hqhtherapy.com

Thank you for reading. Have a great, mindful day!

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