09 Jul 2024

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Mindfulness Tools used in Online Counselling

What is the reason for the widespread practice of mindfulness in the present day? Is it advisable to start, or is it merely a trendy activity?

An Article by Sara Taveira

In this article, Sara discusses Mindfulness Tools used in Online Counselling. This article focuses on how Online therapy and counselling incorporate mindfulness techniques.

What is mindfulness?

In recent years, the term “mindfulness” has become increasingly prevalent in daily life. This concept, like all novel ideas, has the potential to deviate from its original purpose and become meaningless. Consequently, it would be beneficial to revisit its fundamentals to demonstrate that it is not merely a fad and can be a life-changing skill.

The principle of profound attention to breathing is the foundation of mindfulness. Greater attention is attained in the present moment as a result of this attention. It progresses to focus on thoughts, emotions, and sensations associated with the present moment without judgment. It is a great way to focus on the moment to help cope with anxiety.

Where did the practice of mindfulness come from?

Mindfulness is an ancient technique derived from Buddhism. Nevertheless, Jon Kabat-Zinn was the first to introduce it to the Western world by recognising that meditation could be used without a religious component. He subsequently developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which revolutionised the perception of mindfulness.

Mindfulness and human nature

Human beings are born with an instinctive ability to be present, tranquil, and reflective in the present moment. Regrettably, the survival mechanisms of our autonomic neurological system cause us to deviate from this state when we encounter the obstacles of daily life and naturally experience feelings of insecurity. However, with some practice, it is possible to reestablish a mindfulness state, which provides a variety of advantages to our overall well-being. These benefits include reduced negative thought patterns, decreased stress and anxiety levels, increased physical health, increased memory, better focus, reduced reactivity by increasing self-awareness, increased cognitive flexibility, and improved social relationships through increased interpersonal awareness.

How can we use mindfulness?

Mindfulness practices have been incorporated into numerous scientific fields, including neuroscience and epigenetics. However, it is undeniable that they are now extending to various sectors of society. The National Health Service (NHS) recommends mindfulness practices in the United Kingdom as a treatment. Additionally, employees in numerous parliaments worldwide are encouraged to use mindfulness practices. The United States Navy and Army have already implemented full meditation practices as part of their workdays.

So why don’t you try it?

Mindfulness can be implemented in two distinct ways: formally and informally.

The initial approach is predicated on meditation, a moment in which you aim to be entirely aware of your surroundings (without necessarily adopting a Buddha-like posture or engaging in intricate activities). Begin by selecting a tranquil location and establishing a schedule and routine (5 to 10 minutes is sufficient). Observe your breathing patterns and sense your body (without the intention of altering it, but rather to observe it as if for the first time). While this occurs, allow your mind to wander and concentrate on your thoughts without self-criticism. Memo to self: The most critical aspect is the “(re)focusing” on the present moment.

Now, try adopting a more mindful lifestyle by practising complete attention while engaging in routine activities such as dining, showering, exercising, and walking. Focus on the activity in the here and now. Again, this does not imply that you must be in complete presence at all times, as this would be impractical. However, savouring glimpses of this throughout the day will enhance your mental and physical well-being. Eventually, everything becomes a habit and more naturally ingrained in you, like going to the gym.

If you are experiencing difficulty meditating independently, numerous audio recordings are available online and in applications that provide guided meditations. There are no excuses :-). We cannot wait to hear feedback about your mindfulness practices!

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    Reference:

    “Aqui e Agora: Mindfulness” by Vasco Gaspar, Matéria-Prima Edições, 2018.

     

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