If one has to explain Mindfulness in a sentence, it means being completely and absolutely present in the current moment. Mindfulness has become an instrument in the field of psychology;it is widely used these days in order to treat people suffering from various mental illnesses. How does it help?
- It Shows People a New Perspective
When someone is suffering from mental illness, they usually have a very negative attitude towards the whole world. Mindfulness helps keep one in the moment and encourages them to have a different outlook of any situation. It also encourages one to have a positive outlook about one’s self. A therapist may suggest writing out affirmations and reciting them. Most therapist also offer breathing techniques to help with anxiety.
- It Teaches People to How to Live in the Moment
Most people who suffer from mental illness, usually are depressed about something from their past, or anxious about their future. It encourages you to feel no matter what this too shall pass, therapist may teach you self meditation, show you mini-mindfulness exercises and techniques. Most of these excercises can be done at home by yourself like coloring a mandala, going on mindfulness walks, listen to meditation without words. Using radical acceptance also helps you stay in the moment, accept the things you can’t control.
As someone who suffers from mental illness, I found all the these things helpful. The walks and breathing techniques were really helpful, I was able to focus on my beautiful surroundings. Mindfulness will help you establish better concentration, you will observe the flow of your inner thoughts. You don’t need to be some fancy meditator, just set aside about 10 minutes a day and go with the flow.