Mindfulness is something that everyone can incorporate into daily life. Mindfulness involves observing and accepting the things around and within us, without judgment. In therapy, Johanna may involve mindfulness skills to build awareness of various issues and to develop coping strategies. Johanna is also running a six-week mindfulness group. If you are interested in the next group cycle for mindfulness, please call the office. The exercise below is not individualized to your needs as it may be in therapy, but is rather intended as a general exercise that you may find useful.
September’s Mindfulness Exercise:
Today, when you are going through your daily routine (either at the start or end of your day, or while engaging in a mundane chore such as washing dishes) I want you to bring your full attention to the task at hand. Oftentimes we act on “autopilot” and wander away in our minds from the activities we are doing. Today while doing a chore, try to notice every aspect of the chore. What are you doing, how are you doing it, how do you feel physically and emotionally, what thoughts are going through your mind, and what is happening around you? You may be surprised how many things you can notice while brushing your teeth. Try to notice without judging as good or bad.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.