Mindfulness is a tool that has become helpful to mental health professionals. Cultivating mindfulness is a powerful practice in therapy.
If practised regularly, it’s a tool that can help us understand, stay in control and deal with our emotions in a healthy way. Mindfulness allows us to change our daily habit responses, by enabling us to stand back so we can choose how we act.
Therapists who practice mindfulness themselves have better outcomes with their patients even if it’s not used in the counselling scenario. It has also been successful in treating many mental health struggles. Marsha Linehan integrated mindfulness practices into Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with positive results.
Mindfulness has been proven to help individuals suffering with Bipolar and Personality Disorders. It has also been documented how mindfulness helps lessen recurring depression. Because mindfulness has been so successful, it has now been integrated into clinical practice with many therapists bringing meditation and other techniques into their practising methods.
When we continue to focus our awareness in the present moment, we contribute to repairing cell damage and that can lengthen our lives. If we understand how the mind works, we’ll be better equipped to understand our feelings, instead of allowing feelings to dictate our behaviour, or allow feelings to overpower us.
When we become aware of what is happening in the moment, we will begin to recognise our thoughts, whilst we learn how to handle our thoughts. Mindfulness helps us concentrate better, whilst reducing any conscious thoughts that tie us into upsetting situations that already add to high stress levels.
Mindfulness allows us to observe our feelings, thoughts and senses objectively. We must learn to observe what we think sensitively, particularly in the early stages of practising the technique, because it is so easy to give up.