Mindfulness by Dr. Ee’a Jones ~ October 5, 2018
Mindfulness is a word and an activity that is being talked about more and more in the mental health community in recent years. The Mindful Schools defines mindfulness as “attending to present-moment experience with equanimity” (https://www.mindfulschools.org/foundational-concepts/what-is-mindfulness/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwl9zdBRDgARIsAL5Nyn3aDGX6n0MUcRYiRUJU6Bhy9lRn8rU7qUvhHFeBjBWr8i1Id9aTAPcaApFnEALw_wcB). What this means is a person is purposely paying attention to each moment of their lives.
Being mindful can be as simple as noticing a leaf on a tree or how your foot pounds on the pavement during your morning run. It is taking a moment to smell the roses, so to speak, but in all aspects of your life. There is no one way to do this but is specific to an individual. Mindfulness has been said to decrease anxiety and depression (https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-exercises-techniques-activities/#mindfulness-depression-anxiety-anger-addictions). According to this website, breathing techniques is a form of mindfulness that can help one to becomes less depressed by using a specific focal point (breathing) to become more aware of the present moment. There is also a “sorting boxes” activity available in an audio clip on the website. This will give you an idea of what it feels like to be more mindful. ON the same website, there are some mindful techniques to use for anxiety such as “letting be or allowing”. This entails allowing yourself to feel your anxiety versus trying hard not to feel it; they report one may actually be less anxious during this technique.
It is also known to be good for all ages, including young children (https://mindfullittles.org/category/mindfulness-activities/). This website presents mindfulness techniques for a child’s bedtime and during play time. These techniques and others use the senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell to make little children more mindful in their everyday lives.
Begin to practice mindfulness in your everyday life. You just may see some positive change in an area of your life you’ve wanted to improve.
22 Mindful Exercised, Techniques, & Activities for Adults (+ PDF’s). (2018). Retrieved from https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-exercises-techniques-activities/#mindfulness-depression-anxiety-anger-addictions on October 5, 2018.
Category: Mindful Activities. (2018). Retrieved from https://mindfullittles.org/category/mindfulness-activities/ on October 5, 2018.
What is Mindfulness? (2017). Retrieved from https://www.mindfulschools.org/foundational-concepts/what-is-mindfulness/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwl9zdBRDgARIsAL5Nyn3aDGX6n0MUcRYiRUJU6Bhy9lRn8rU7qUvhHFeBjBWr8i1Id9aTAPcaApFnEALw_wcB on October 5, 2018.