Mindfulness for Mental Health

What does mindfulness help with?

You might want to try mindfulness techniques if you’re struggling with any of the following issues:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Problems with sleep
  • Lack of energy
  • Physical pain and discomfort

How Mindfulness Practices Reduce Stress?

1. Decrease Physiological Activation/Stimulation

In mindfulness-based counseling, therapists teach practices including breathing techniques, guided visualizations, body-calming techniques, and self-compassion practices. All of these techniques are designed to help you tune into what’s happening in your body and emotions so that you can calm and soothe yourself directly through the body. This works because when you are stressed out, your nervous system becomes activated. Mindfulness practices can help your body relax and come back to a feeling of safety and calm.

2. Mindfulness Changes Your Relationship to Thoughts/Thinking

Mindfulness also breaks the cycle of racing thoughts because it trains you to notice them without judgment or attachment. As you learn to remove attachment and judgment from your thoughts, you can better evaluate whether the thoughts are really true or beneficial. You can then let go of thoughts that are holding you back. There is a lot of freedom in recognizing that not every thought we have is true, or important, or helpful!

3. Expands You Beyond Stressful Experiences

Mindfulness also helps you to remember that you are experiencing so much more than your thoughts. We all can be connected to the sensations of our body, our emotions, and the joy and meaning of spiritual experiences. Mindfulness helps us reconnect with all of these parts of ourselves, giving us more tools for resilience and reducing stress.

Want to try out mindfulness for yourself?

Stay tuned for Moksha Living’s upcoming Intentional Living Meditation Series . . . Coming this fall!

Sonja Favaloro, Holistic Counselor



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