Managing Change with Mindfulness

 

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Some people struggle with change, they don’t find it easy when things change, especially if there is a sense of being out of control of that situation. Factors that may influence how a person copes with change: a person’s history; on their general character and the environment around them.

‘Mindfulness is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis. It can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. As a mind-body approach, it can increase our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.’ BeMindful

Learning mindfulness is really useful at helping us to be more in the moment, and can bring a calmer way of being. It is demonstrated by sitting or standing in a comfortable position and slowing down the breathe. Then focusing on just one thing that is current in that moment. It may be a sound, a smell, or a visual image like a tree. I sometimes think it is like having a rest, in a peaceful moment, just being aware of the thing that you have your attention on.

It can be really good for regulating anxiety, whether based on fear, dread or panicky feelings. If we learn mindfulness when we are actually feeling relaxed, and it becomes a good habit for relaxation, then it is easier to engage with when we are feeling anxious.

When we become anxious we can produce adrenalin or cortisol, but by regulating our breathing and the oxygen that goes around our system, these raised chemical levels can be lowered and then we are more likely to be able to think clearer, more rationally and have those ‘sensible’, more useful, thoughts.

Come and learn some mindfulness skills with The Healing Herd.

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