Anxiety tends to pull people into the future, a made up world that cannot be reckoned with.
Mindfulness is an exercise of grounding your thoughts in the present.

We can exercise mindfulness with some creative elements. My first experience with mindfulness, though that is not what they called it, was in my 9th grade art class. “Draw exactly what you see.” It forced me to concentrate on what was exactly in front of me and re-create it on paper. To do it well, I had to block out other thoughts.

This can be used as an exercise before beginning a session as a way to help the client relax and acquire a “present” orientation and perspective. Sketching can also be utilized as a relaxation technique to teach clients to keep in their “coping skills tool box”.

Anxiety and Mindfulness
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2 thoughts on “Anxiety and Mindfulness

  • February 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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    Good stuff. I find that anxiety can be eased (but not necessarily removed) by seeing and identifying it just as you described: a future anticipation of "a made up world that cannot be reckoned with". I find just reckoning to myself that I have no control over what I am anxious about helps to some degree.

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    • March 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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      That's good! I divide the worry into two groups. Useful worry (if you can do something, DO IT!) and useless worry (you can't do anything… let it go). Personally, I find it helpful to "breathe it away" with a nice deep breath and let my stomach be still. Anxiety gives me butterflies and makes me feel sick. Thanks for the comment, Brendon!

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