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Mindfulness Techniques Can Counter Stress in Clients

Posted: October 24, 2011

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Make small changes. It's hard to make big changes. It's better to start slow and build gradually. The famous Alcoholics Anonymous motto is "one day at a time." Mindfulness involves taking it less than one day at a time — aim for one moment at a time.

Mindfulness really does not have to be more complicated than learning to pay attention to what is going on around you. But this "simple" advice is often hard to sustain in a busy world. Try making the effort to become more mindful — and you may find the results make it worth it.

Chiesa A, et al. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis, Psychiatric Research 187 3 441–453 (May 2011)

Rapgay L, et al. New Strategies for Combining Mindfulness with Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 29 2 92–119 (June 2011)

From the Harvard Mental Health Letter