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. 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.
March’s mindfulness exercise:
In Wegmans, every so often you may hear an announcement that “it’s time for a stretch break.” How often do we give ourselves a stretch break? This week, set a daily alarm for a time of day that you know you tend to be tense or act on autopilot. Each day when the alarm goes off, take three deep breaths. With each breath, stretch as you inhale (your arms, your back, or your legs – you pick) and relax as you exhale. Pay attention to any thoughts or feelings that may come up within you as you complete this exercise.
NOTE: This is not intended to replace therapy. Please contact Johanna at (585)406-3012 if you are interested in individual or group therapy.