Mindfulness has become a very fashionable term in recent years and is much misunderstood. It is primarily awareness – just observing something without judgement. It can be relaxing but it doesn’t have to be – you can be mindful whilst you are exerting yourself! It is about concentrating your mind on one thing – ie. focused attention – much like hypnosis. It is useful of helping to build resilience and self esteem.
ACT stands for Acceptance Commitment Therapy and has six core principles which help with letting go of current struggles and moving towards new goals. These principles are:
- Acceptance: Allowing thoughts, feelings and urges to come and go without struggling with them.
- Cognitive defusion: Learning ways to let go of those thoughts, feelings and urges.
- Being present: Awareness of the here and now (Mindfulness).
- The observing self: Being able to watch yourself in a detached state (hypnosis is very useful for this).
- Values: Discovering what is important to you.
- Committed action: Setting goals and working towards them in order to meet the values that you have defined.
It is a structured approach and is very useful for many types of issues including addictions. I will use this approach if it appears to be the most suitable for you in terms of personality, situation and issue.
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