What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you to develop a state of present awareness of thoughts, feelings and sensations. By paying close attention to your present experience and using a non-judgmental approach, mindfulness is effective in reducing stress, anxiety and other disorders.
Mindfulness for Depression:
Mindfulness is effective in reducing symptoms of depression and at preventing depression relapse. By using mindfulness, you learn to disengage from your dysfunctional and depressed thoughts. You become more aware in the present moment, which helps you to pause, identify and respond to automatic thoughts in a healthier way.
Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety:
There is a lot of supportive research suggesting that mindfulness can treat anxiety and mood problems. Anxiety results from a loss of control and worry about future events. Therefore, simply controlling the mind to focus on the present moment can help decrease feelings of anxiety. Mindfulness also allows you to take notice of your thoughts, without attaching judgmental labels Mindful breathing exercises can also be powerful during times of anxiety and stress as it helps connect the mind to the body and reduce the physical sensations associated with anxiety.
Mindfulness for Maternal Distress:
As a new mother, you are probably exhausted and may often feel like you are doing things on autopilot. Mindfulness helps you to be present and pay closer attention to what is happening around you. Many studies and research on maternal mental health have found mindfulness to be an effective treatment at reducing perinatal distress and preventing postpartum depression. Mindfulness exercises reframe your relationship with your negative beliefs and thought patterns, helping you to feel more content and satisfied.