by Monique Koll, DVM
Do you know what mindfulness is? It is “the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.”
It has been proven to be a valuable practice for improving the cognitive symptoms of depression, such as distorted thinking and distractibility. It helps individuals recognize these more subtle symptoms, realize that thoughts are not facts and refocus their attention to the present.
Meditation is a way to practice mindfulness, which can be difficult when you’re distressed, as it is hard to break that one-way train of thought. I find that guided meditations are a great entry point in a way to start practicing mindfulness, and Tara Brach was recommended to me by a double-Mastered practicing mental health specialist. Here is a link to her website and some of her meditations.
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