Mindfulness is a topic of increasing interest in the psychological and everyday world. Mindfulness is the state you achieve when directing all of your attention and awareness to the present moment. Mindfulness is a key to stress-relief and relaxation, both of which help improve your overall quality of life. In addition to meeting with your Hermosa Beach and South Bay area psychologist or counselor, these mindfulness exercises can help you take control of your thoughts and emotions.
Mindful breathing can be done at any time and anywhere. Simply focus on your breath, specifically noticing the sound, rhythm, and feeling of each breath. Focus on breathing from your diaphragm rather than your chest, sending air in through your nose and out through your mouth. The act of directing your thoughts to your breath (even for just one minute) can help you calm your mind and feel more present.
Meditation is one of the most popular methods of practicing mindfulness. Meditation is beneficial, even for beginners. Don’t get discouraged when your mind wanders. Find a quiet place, get comfortable, and focus on your breath and clearing your mind. When thoughts arise, notice them, and then return to clearing your mind. Meditation can be done in a quiet space at home, or you can even do it while on a walk.
Eating becomes another item on our to-do list, and we often rush through it to get to other things are on our mind or feel like more of a priority. Mindfulness exercises can take place while you eat, as well! When you eat, slow down and savor the food. Focus all your senses on each bite. What does the food look like? Smell like? How does it feel in your mouth? What does it feel like to touch? Even simple observations like these can help strengthen your mindfulness abilities and help root yourself in the present.
Mindful listening can be achieved in different ways. Many people enjoy listening to music mindfully, as a tool to help them meditate. When listening to music, choose something calming, with a slow tempo. Direct your attention to each sound of the notes. Remember—it’s okay if your thoughts wander; simply notice the other thoughts and return to your focus on music.
Mindfulness exercises are one valuable tool to help you reduce stress in your life. To learn additional tools, contact Dr. Kelly Mothner, your Hermosa Beach psychologist. Whether you are interested in individual or couples therapy, set an appointment to meet with a counselor in the South Bay area. I look forward to meeting you!