Mindfulness therapy is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression, addiction, anxiety, chronic unhappiness, and other mental conditions. It can also help you if you have physical problems that are causing or are caused by mental health issues. The practice combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. The practice also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them — without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Therapies for mindfulness can include meditation, breathing exercises, physical movement, verbal cues, guided imagery and more.