When introducing mindfulness to clients who come to see me to help treat his or her anxiety, talking about a skill can realistically only go so far. I encourage my clients to get out there and experiment with different ways to turn off and tune out anxiety-inducing thoughts and to tune in to becoming mindful of the present moment.
What’s awesome about the neuroplasticity of the brain is that our brains are wired to learn and re-learn new tricks. For some, listening to a guided meditation may help. For others it may be through exercise, yoga, listening to or playing music, dancing, surfing, etc. I say one of the easiest ways to turn the volume of our thoughts down is by focusing the mind to a single task that has no connection or relationship to the issue at hand.
One of my most favorite things about being here in Ponte Vedra Beach is being able to look for shark teeth! 🦈 No cell phone. No distractions. I simply take the time to put life on pause as I focus solely on looking down at the cluster of seashells on the sand. I would probably go as far to say that I scan the seashells as a shark tooth-fairy, searching for and collecting lost shark teeth.
What’s most important is that you find whatever it is that melts your butter and use it! If you feel comfortable, you are more than welcome to share some of your favorite ways you enjoy finding your zen ☮️ Comment below ⬇️
Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW is a clinical psychotherapist in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.