I have written a few articles recently on how mindfulness can help your health. From mindful journaling, colouring, yoga, and many spiritual practices including prayer or meditation can help to develop the resilience ‘muscle’, “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and helps you to develop the ability to bounce back and helps prevent PTSD, which may develop as a result of the stress we’ve been under of the last few months and the COVD-19 pandemic.
A thought is just a thought: it doesn’t reflect reality. This, according to Prima Magazine is the theory behind MCT – Metacognitive Therapy – similar to cognitive therapy which has evolved out of some 20 years of research by scientists at the University of Manchester. Studies suggest it has promise in treating anxiety and depression but it can also help people with mental health conditions. So, the next time you have a negative thought, recognise that it is just a thought and move on.
It has been shown that just 10 minutes a day meditating can have a significant effect on anxiety and stress. It can relieve chronic pain, increase creativity, and make you feel sharper. Just find a nice spot to sit down and focus on your breath and take in the sounds and smells around you. Think of how your hands are resting and the position of your feet and relax and clear your mind for 10 minutes. I find this amazing and when I go for my afternoon rest I always start it with this relaxation technique.
Dr. Patrizia Collard has written a great book on ‘The Little Book of Meditation‘, she is a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist.