For some people, especially those struggling with stress, depression or anxiety, or those unable to relax, the addition of mindfulness practices with therapy can be effective.
Mindfulness, based on ancient eastern practices such as meditation, has a very impressive evidence base for reducing stress and anxiety, for preventing depression and increasing feelings of calm and wellbeing. It has also been shown to increase people’s immune responses and indeed can even have a beneficial effect on our brain architecture and body hormones.
Mindfulness helps develop our capacity to experience feelings and thoughts in a way that allows us to let these moods and thoughts come and go, however distressing they are, without fighting against them. This provides both relief and also a new way of experiencing life in the moment. It increases capacities for self-regulation and the ability to face life ‘head-on’