You’re working on a major project at work. There are many tasks involved in this; you have a list of contacts, many papers to print off, a deadline to reach, and a few other documents that you must create still. As you’re thinking of all these tasks, you remember to check your email and notice that you have 15 new emails to respond to from the night before. You feel yourself becoming overwhelmed as you attempt to remember everything you wanted to complete. The phone rings and you try to respond to a few emails while you are speaking with a customer on the phone, who is very upset. This leads you to feel even more anxious, and before you know it, you’re utterly overwhelmed and exhausted.
Mindfulness is a term used to describe the act of being presently aware and gently acknowledging our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as a form of human experience. When we practice mindfulness, we accept everything we are feeling and what is happening to and around us as simply what is occurring in the present moment. We breathe in, exhale, feel our feet on the ground, look up and explore the beauty of the sky. We feel calm, relaxed, at peace, and neutral in all our thoughts and feelings. The very act of mindfulness can help us to cope with daily experiences, but just as mindfulness is important, the act of not practicing mindfulness is just as significant. It can become so easily to act mindless, especially when working or when there are a lot of things happening around us at once.
According to contributor Kristi Hedges from Forbes in a 2016 article titled “Are you Mindful or Mindless?”, mindlessness happens when our process of doing, thinking, and feeling becomes automatic – when we’re simply going through the motions, not allowing ourselves to feel the full range of experience in the present moment. When we lose ourselves in the moment, we lose control.
Dr. Linda Hatch, a psychologist, author, and writer for Psych Central, wrote in her article titled “Quick, what’s the opposite of mindfulness?” about mindfulness and the importance of focusing on one thing at a time. Focusing on one thing rings true for daily life experiences, but also in recovery. If we can focus on one step at a time, the present moment rather than the future – we can save ourselves from overwhelming feelings that could hinder our productivity and success. The next time you feel very stressed and out of control, remember to stop. Calm yourself and take a deep breathe. One step at a time.
Having a variety of treatment options and certified treatment center is key to creating the best customized path for your care. Mindfulness is one of the many evidence based treatment methods used to create a better life for clients at our facilities. New Vista Behavioral Health offers a family of treatment facilities providing individualized care plans and exceptional clinical treatment. Our programs are held to higher standards, allowing better outcomes and a brighter future. Call us today for information: 888-316-3665