I talk a lot to my clients here at Kent Therapy Clinic about the virtues of being mindful. Mindfulness is an easy technique to learn, but one which is incredibly powerful!
Can you remember the last time you actually took time out for yourself just to be present in the moment?
I remember once, while going through a bad time, I drove to the beach. I got out of the car and I sat on a wall and spent an hour looking out to the sea. It helped me to think. No noise, no distractions, just being alone with time to think is incredibly powerful. It made me feel very small in this huge and very beautiful world. It was quite awe inspiring looking out to that mass of water and hearing the noise of the waves crashing on the shore. For that few moments, nothing mattered and all of my problems seemed so far away.
The other thing was, it helped me to come back afresh with a clearer perspective. I could come to my problem with a fresh sense of proportion. I also began to recognise the reasons why I felt stressed and the ways in which I could sort that out.
So the next time you feel stressed, don't make excuses as to why you can't get away; even if you only go into a garden, or take a walk down your street, find somewhere to just be alone and look around you and notice some of the things that get lost in the noise of life. The sound of the wind or the birds in the trees, the colour of the house that you've never noticed or the way the grass looks as the sun glints off of it. Be mindful.
If you'd like to learn how to become more mindful yourself, and fancy a session or two of hypnosis, then look me up :)
Emma Evans runs Kent Therapy Clinic and also helps coach other therapists in her spare time when she's not seeing clients at her busy practice. This blog is full of useful articles and interesting facts to do with therapy in general. Please feel free to add your comments to the blog.