Mindfulness is a useful tool for managing anxiety and stress. Regular mindfulness exercises can change our brain functioning and enable us to remain more rational and become less reactive and emotional. ‘Research shows that mindfulness helps to stabilise our moods, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, deepen concentration, and improve self-compassion’ (Brown et al. 2007). Some organisations are now seeing the benefits of mindfulness exercise for staff and are including this in resilience training days. ‘Research on the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace demonstrated increased job performance, job satisfaction, improved work-life balance, and enhanced focus & concentration’ (Rebb & Atkins 2015).
The initial stage of trauma and acute stress therapy is often referred to as ‘stabilisation’, and includes normalisation, psycho-education and building resources. Many techniques can be introduced to manage symptoms and re-triggering, including mindfulness, which enables a client to learn how to relax and ground themselves when dealing with the more difficult feelings that may come up during the ‘processing’ stage of the therapy.
In this fourth and final short clip of my presentation for the BACP Conference I wanted to share with you a simple mindfulness exercise that everyone can do at any point during their day.