Meditation doesn’t work for me, I don’t have time to slow down, when I sit my head is just filled with chaos. Sound like you? Learning mindfulness in therapy is about breaking the stereotype of believe that mindfulness is stillness. 

For many, it is not an easy task to sit, clear your mind and focus on your breath. However, there are many ways to embrace mindful living.

Mindful living is about creating an ability to be in your present moment, pleasant or unpleasant. It’s about letting go of control, of being rigid and allowing yourself to pivot. Our suffering decreases by getting rid of the judgement and embracing the situation for what it is. 

This increases your ability to be fully engaged in relationships and get the most out of them, allows you to slow your mind and see things as they are instead of catastrophizing or seeing things as all or nothing and allow your peace and stillness within your mind.

If you have tried mindful living and meditation before and found it challenging, no worries, it takes practice, the right teacher and a way to learn how it works best for you. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a common type of skill building therapy. Skill building means – tools that you can use on a day to day basis to help your overall emotional wellness. 

For you this might mean decreasing your anxiety, depression, or maybe supporting bringing more joy and peace into your life. 

DBT has four units: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each of these provide different skills to live a more full life. 

We often pair skill building with exploration of what might be causing your struggles in the first place. With this approach you find out how to care for your symptoms now while actively working on decreasing them. Check out our Brainspotting page to learn more!