Mindfulness training is primarily used in conjunction with hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a very effective tool for managing stress and insomnia.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is learning to appreciation and concentrate on the present moment and is particularly useful for people who struggle to control their thoughts. When you are alone or not focused on something in particular you may notice that your thoughts often follow random patterns and can seem to dart around different subjects. Often these thoughts are anxious or are linked with a variety of emotional responses. Consequentially, many people find that this affects their sleep as their mind is racing and their random thoughts cause tension or stress.
How can Mindfulness be used as a treatment?
For people who suffer from stress or anxiety, mindfulness is a very effective way of learning to manage the thoughts that are causing the issues. Mindfulness therapy can also help many other conditions such as chronic depression and chronic pain as it allows people to control these negative thoughts or emotions.
What sort of methods are used in Mindfulness therapy?
Much of mindfulness therapy is done outside of sessions as the exercises need to be practised on a regular basis, and as a results this puts you in complete control of how quickly the treatment takes effect. Mindfulness exercises typically only take a few minutes and can be practised at any time of the day and in any environment.
One such example of a technique used by therapists is revolved around breathing. The aim is to try and focus all your attention on your breathing for 60 seconds. Although this may not seem like an enormous amount of time this exercise is far more powerful than most people believe and it takes some people many years of practice before they are able to complete a single minute of alert, clear attention. This mindfulness exercise is not a contest or a challenge; mindfulness is not something that you measure in terms of success or failure. This exercise, as well as many others involved in mindfulness therapy, can be done many times throughout the day and be used not only as treatment but also as a way to calm your thoughts and relax.
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