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. If you are interested in group or individual therapy 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.
October’s mindfulness exercise:
Set a timer for three minutes. Start by taking three deep breaths and notice each inhale and exhale. Do a mental scan of your body from head to toe. Starting at the crown of your head, try to bring your awareness from the top of your scalp all the way down through the fingers and to the toes. Notice where you might carry tension or pain, and where you might feel more relaxed. If you still have time left before the timer goes off, choose one area to bring your awareness back to. When your timer goes off, take a deep breath and stretch before returning to your day.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.