Stress Management Tool: Mindful Meditation

Stress Management Tool: Mindful Meditation

Being stressed out is no picnic. You’re jumpy and distracted.

Your mind runs over and over the same worrisome situation without ever reaching a useful plan to move forward. Your head aches and so do your muscles. Your heart pounds and your stomach churns. Your intestines – well, never mind. If it gets really bad you may have trouble swallowing and be convinced you’re having a heart attack. Everything in you says you need to get out of this misery as quickly as you can.

It’s ironic that an effective treatment for stress — and its even more intense relative, anxiety disorder — is to dive deeply into the experience.

Beginning in 1979 Jon Kabat-Zinn began applying mindfulness meditation to medical conditions, a marriage of science and art. Kabat-Zinn who holds a doctorate in molecular biology and is an avid follower of yoga, has studied for years with Buddhist teachers. He brought his interests together in what he called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and practiced and refined it at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Therapists use the practice, commonly called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, with clients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness is a Simple Technique

You can practice mindfulness on your own or with a group, or with a therapist who will guide you through the practice and encourage you to practice on your own between sessions. The more you practice the technique, the easier it will become and the longer you can maintain a session.

The American Psychological Association Reports Benefits from the Practice

Many of those benefits arise from the mindfulness meditator’s practice of regarding their own feelings from an emotional distance.

← Back to the Blog

Specializing in Women's Issues

National Certified Counselor