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 to reach optimal wellness. 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.
February’s Mindfulness Exercise:
Often, when we get to February, it can feel like winter is dragging on. How does the weather impact your mood?
Take a moment to look outside (or go outside, if your winter jacket is handy). What colors do you see? What shapes? Where do you see movement outside, or stillness? What are the clouds doing in the sky? As you are observing with your eyes what you see, also begin to observe your breathing. Check in with yourself, and notice (without judging) what kind of thoughts are popping into your head. Notice how you are feeling emotionally, and how you are feeling physically.
This is intended to increase your awareness and acceptance of your own thoughts and feelings as you consider the weather outside your door. If you are a current client in therapy, please feel free to bring in your observations to your next appointment!
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in engaging in counseling for optimal wellness.