Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction:
Coping with Anger, Stress & Anxiety through Meditation
Struggling with chronic unpleasant emotions such as anger and anxiety, can be not only be detrimental your relationships but also to your health. Such stressful emotions are taxing on your body, especially your nervous system. Learning how to get a handle on such emotions can be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand. Mindfulness is the practice of quieting the mind, focusing on the breath and relaxing the body. Then by turning your awareness inside to observe your thoughts and feelings you are able to identify triggers – you can choose to respond mindfully instead of reacting mindlessly. Over time, my clients have found that they can easily turn to mindfulness and meditation practices to sustain them between sessions and beyond the therapeutic relationship.
I teach and use various kinds of mindfulness practices and breathing exercises to my clients, depending on what would be most effective for them. Mindfulness is also a significant component to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Hakomi, and Hypnotherapy.
Read more about how mindfulness changes brainwave states in my article here.