Stress is the psychological perception of pressure, on the one hand, and the body’s response to it, on the other. Some stress is necessary, but it’s when it becomes debilitating that therapy can help. I use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy techniques to help your stress become something that makes you stronger not vibrate with anxiety.

Stress at work, stress at home, stressful relationships, stressful decisions.

Your daily life has become a gigantic ball of stress and you have the aching neck, tired muscles, and headache to prove it.  The demands on your time keep increasing and invading every waking moment and you go to bed later and later each night. Your to do list is a mile long, you’re exhausted from taking care of everyone except yourself, and overwhelmed has become your state of being. Maybe your doctor has even told you to try mindfulness to reduce your stress and help lower your blood pressure. 

I can help you develop and follow through on a plan to reduce your stress level so you can improve your health and well-being, sleep better, and remove overwhelmed and exhausted from your day-to day vocabulary.     

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the process of paying attention, in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment; and non-judgmentally.
                                                                                          ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness has become quite the buzzword for lowering stress and anxiety, and for good reason. It is a natural, holistic, simple (not always easy!) way for us to learn to relate to ourselves and others in a way that often brings a sense of calm and wellbeing.  It doesn’t mean we have to sit on a cushion, with out arms outstretched, saying om to the universe.

What are mindful attitudes?

Mindful attitudes are ways we approach and treat ourselves, situations, and others.  They include: acceptance, curiosity, openness, kindness, compassion, gratitude, patience, and trust.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been shown to have physical, cognitive, emotional, and relationship benefits such as more relaxed muscles, improvements in immune function, pain, sleep, memory, and focus.  It can protect against depression, lower anxiety and anger, and bring present moment awareness and kindness to interactions often resulting in the ability to be more responsive rather than reactive in our daily lives.