Mindfulness in a lifestyle that has increasing value in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. In a world in which we rush from one activity to another, problem-solve in multiple arenas, and plan our days to fit in as much as possible, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. By practicing the mindfulness techniques of focusing on your connection with yourself and the world around you, you can maintain a balance and reduce your anxiety. This leaves you feeling more fulfilled and enjoying higher levels of productivity.
- Focused breathing, in which you learn to focus on your senses as you inhale and exhale. This could mean concentrating on how your lungs feel as they expand and contract, the feeling of your feet on solid ground, or the sensation of your body relaxing as you breathe. Instead of shutting out external thoughts, you acknowledge them as they happen and then let them go.
- Sensory awareness, in which you focus on the sensory aspect of an item of food, such as a piece of fruit. This is a way of engaging all of your senses: you can feel the weight and texture of the fruit as you hold it, you can focus on the shapes and colours, the sound as you bit it, and how it tastes and smells.
- Newness in familiarity, in which you see new details in an object you have looked at many times. For example, you could focus on the curve of a coffee mug handle, or the faded print on the front of a notebook. This is a way of increasing your awareness of the world.
As a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) and counsellor for mental health in Toronto
, Alexandra Gusinsky is also a mindfulness trainer who will guide you through learning mindfulness techniques that are suited for you. With practice, you will become adept at mindfulness, and you will enjoy better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and more positive relationships.