Creative Space Online Counseling and Coaching

bmaulding@csocounseling.hush.com ~ 1 (224) 623-2251

We are an online provider who provides therapy services for individuals suffering from anxiety in the Chicagoland area, mid Illinois, and Southern Illinois. We provide coaching services, anger management, and a tailored anxiety program for individuals living in the United States and Internationally.

The Secret of Mindfulness

The Secret of Mindfulness

*Have you ever tried to sift through the massive amounts of data out there regarding mindfulness? 

*Wouldn't it be nice if someone actually explained out it worked?

*Well today is your lucky day. 

What is mindfulness?

*Mindfulness is a technique to help calm your emotions and your mind. 

*It can be done in a variety of different settings and done in different ways. 

*One technique may not be a one size fits all. 

*You have to experiment to find out what works best for you. 

Things to do for beginners

*If this is your first rodeo, you need to find a place that you can calm yourself. 

*After all, the saying 'Practice makes perfect' rings very true with this. 

*The more that you practice your routine, the easier it will be when you have to use it in stressful situations. 

What to do:

*So, this is what I call the countdown. 

*Remember me talking about it in previous blog posts? 

*It does wonders for people, and it can work for you too. 

The Countdown:

*You are going to do a count down with your senses. 

*Take a look around you, what are five things you can see. Mentally or verbally, state these. 

*Close your eyes, what are four things you can touch (i.e. the feel of your clothes, chair, weight of your hair etc). 

*With your eyes still closed, what are three things you can hear (i.e. motors, passing cars outside, etc). 

*With your eyes closed, what are two things you can smell (i.e. coffee, perfume, cologne, etc). 

*Finally, what is one thing that you can taste. 

*After you complete this exercise, take a moment to notice the way your body feels. 

Why it works:

It works, because it is taking your brain out of fight or flight mode and honing in on your surroundings. 

*It distracts you and helps you to focus.

*By distracting yourself, you are teaching your body to calm down.

Still Need Help?

*I have helped a variety of individuals with anxiety and overcoming difficult situations. 

*Because anxiety is one of my specialties, I have a variety of tools in my toolbox to use. 

*Visit creativespaceonlinecounseling.com for more information. 

*Contact me at 224-267-0127 or bmaulding@csocounseling.hush.com to request an appointment. 

 

Creative Space Online Counseling and Coaching

Barbara Maulding, NCC, LCPC

224-623-2251

Illinois