We can practise Mindfulness to free us from the repetitive thinking that no longer serves us.
When we operate on ‘automatic’; while brushing our teeth, bathing, getting dressed and eating – for instance, we leave ourselves ‘open’ for repetitive thoughts often concerned with our past and future; both places that fail to exist in THIS moment.
To relieve anxiety and depression, to leave behind negative and stress providing thoughts, bring yourself in any given and chosen moment, back to THIS moment – the Here and Now. To help with this, practise using all your senses to ground yourself in the ‘now’. Without any judgement, simply ask yourself the following:
What can I hear?
What can I taste?
What can I feel?
What can I see?
What can I smell?
Then notice, you are truly in THIS moment, paying attention to the only place that really matters – this moment!
Bob Brotchie is a counsellor, life coach and creator of Conscious Living by Design™. He writes for Anglia Counselling, is featured on various other websites and introduces us to many guest writers all covering topics related to mental health and wellbeing.
Bob provides bespoke counselling services to clients in the privacy and comfort of a truly welcoming environment at his Anglia Counselling company office, located near Newmarket in Suffolk, England. Bob also provides professional online counselling, for local, national, and international clients. The therapeutic models offered are bespoke to the client’s needs, especially those in receipt of 'childhood emotional neglect' (CEN), whilst integrating a mindful approach to psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles. For clients experiencing trauma and/or phobia, Bob offers EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).