People often say we need to be more mindful, present and in the moment but what does that really mean?
Have you ever found yourself driving or walking somewhere, and when arriving at your destination, you can’t recall how you got there? We often find ourselves on autopilot, thinking about everything other than the present moment, what’s for dinner, plans for the weekend or recalling that earlier awkward conversation with your boss. When we are consumed with thoughts about tomorrow and yesterday, we lose sight of the present moment. We have been raised to multitask, do more with less and always keep moving which keeps us in a constant state of distraction.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely staying in the moment, increasing our awareness of our surrounding environment, our body and thoughts without judgement. Mindfulness helps us to stay present rather than getting caught up in the past and future that often triggers rumination and stress. By being more mindful, we increase our awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and body so we become more attuned and better able to respond to stressors.
If interested in learning more about Mindfulness and speaking to a professional book an appointment with our resident therapist. Psychotherapy and Counselling services are available at Bronte Wellness Boutique.