Mindfulness involves observing and accepting the things around and within us in the present moment, without judgment. In therapy, Johanna may involve mindfulness skills to build awareness of various issues and to develop coping strategies. 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.
August’s mindfulness exercise:
Mindfulness is the nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment. This month, we are going to observe our self-talk without judgment. Take 5 minutes to spend in a quiet space by yourself. Begin by breathing and start to notice your thoughts. What are you telling yourself? How do you talk to yourself? Without judging your thoughts as good or bad, simply allow yourself to notice them. If you’d like, you can also write them down. How do you feel emotionally as you do this exercise? How do you feel physically? If you can, take this awareness into your day and pay attention to the way you talk to yourself, even after your 5 minutes are up.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.