Restore your balance.
With so much going on in today’s busy world, we often don’t take time to slow down and recharge, or focus on how we are actually doing. Mindfulness-based practice allows you to switch off auto-pilot mode and become aware of the present moment.
Mindfulness stems from Buddhist practice and is supported by an array of recent neuroscience research. Studies show that regular practice results in a reduction of anxiety and stress, physical pain, depressive symptoms, and improvements in creativity, attention, memory, and feelings of peace and calmness (Davis & Hayes, 2012). Mindfulness practice can even change your brain so it becomes less reactive to stressors and so you can recover from stressors when they do come your way (Taren et al., 2015). Having a calmer nervous system is so important for overall functioning, and can greatly aid with recovery of mental illness.
Restore, Recharge & Renew
At Solace Psychology, we offer short, guided meditation practices in which you follow your Psychologist's voice as you are guided to tune in to your emotions and internal well-being. There are specific meditation practices to ease anxiety and stress, depression, low self-esteem and self-doubt, parenting struggles, and self-judgment and criticism.
As you allow yourself space to let go of daily stressors, you can become anchored in the present moment. This brings you to a place of being grounded, calm, and at peace. The more you practice guided meditation, the more you'll reap the benefits of experiencing self-compassion, kindness, and self-love.
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Davis, D. & Hayes, J. (2012). What are the benefits of mindfulness. American Psychological Association, monitor on Psychology.
Taren, A. A., Gianaros, P. J., Greco, C. M., Lindsay, E. K., Fairgrieve, A., Brown, K. W., Rosen, R. K., Ferris, J. L., Julson, E., Marsland, A. L., Bursley, J. K., Ramsburg, J., & Creswell, J. D. (2015). Mindfulness meditation training alters stress-related amygdala resting state functional connectivity: A randomized controlled trial. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(12), 1758–1768. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsv066