Mindfulness exercises may sound like trendy New Age mental gymnastics but it’s actually an ancient approach to improved acuity that can help anyone of any age improve their awareness and outlook on life. Fundamentally, mindfulness is simply the active state of awareness of your surroundings, fully engaging with your emotions as well as your senses of smell, hearing and even taste.
Mindfulness exercises provides a number of benefits including:
- Improves mental focus
- Reduces Anxiety
- Decreases stress
- Increases emotional self-awareness
- Improves listening skills
- Promotes better and more restful sleep
- Enhances creativity
At Labyrinth, we teach clients mindfulness exercises to help them decrease anxiety, gain insight into problems and improve self-control. Mindfulness involves learning to focus on the present moment, describe internal thoughts and feelings, and participating in experiences without judgement or self-criticism. Practicing mindfulness skills enables clients to accept and tolerate their feelings more easily because they learn that feelings come and go, just like waves on a beach. Mindfulness exercises enable clients to reach their treatment goals more quickly and prepare some for more difficult therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other treatments for grief and trauma.
Mindfulness exercises are also helpful for children and teens coping with school stress, emergency first responders, individuals with chronic pain or illness, and people who want to be more productive at work. There is scientific research which shows that practicing mindfulness exercises can decrease the need for medications and even help individuals manage their weight.
To learn more about mindfulness and how you can use it to improve your mental and physical well-being, contact our mental health specialists here at Labyrinth.