When appropriate, we use mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of mood disorders. Mindfulness means being aware and being focused on what’s happening right now in this moment, without rejecting it or judging it. It also means focusing on the present and not what has happened in the past or might happen in the future. Regular mindfulness practice helps people develop the ability to put distance between the intensity of their emotions and the way in which they react to them — in particular how they engage in or react to negative, difficult or stressful thoughts.
What are some potential benefits of practicing mindfulness?
Gain the ability to manage painful emotions
Improve overall physical health and reduce physical pain
Improve overall mental health including improving mood and lowering anxiety
Reduce emotional suffering and increase an individual’s sense of well-being
Help to focus attention
Increase compassion for self and others
Give an individual more choices and more control over their behavior