Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and non-judgement. It is a skill that can be learnt in different ways and has been shown to be efefctive (research).

 

Developing skills in mindfulness can help support the therapeutic work with your Psychologist, depending on the approach being taken in therapy. When you practise mindfulness you learn to build awareness of your mind, your thoughts, emotions and body sensations, as well as external experiences (like different sounds, what you can see and so on).

 

Having greater awareness of our thoughts and emotions helps us to take a step back from them, rather than being caught up in them. Once we are looking at our thoughts and emotions rather than coming from them, we are able to more flexibly respond to difficult or challenging situations. This particular skill is important if we want to change problematic patterns of behaviour/habits that are holding us back and not helping us build the life we want.

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