Most of us spend very little time in the present moment. Instead we spend a lot of our time in our heads, dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. In fact research suggests that we spend about 47% of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we are doing.
It is normal for our minds to wander off to thoughts at times; after all, our mind is a thought machine. Telling your mind not to think is about as effective as telling your eyes to stop seeing or your ears to stop listening. However, research suggests that spending too much time in our heads, rather than in the present moment, reduces overall happiness and can lead to the development of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance dependence.
There are many definitions of what mindfulness is. We describe it as being more aware in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around you and within you. It involves being curious and open to whatever is experienced, rather than habitual patterns of avoidance, judgement and criticism.
At Bridge Street Psychology our psychologists are trained in the application of mindfulness for a variety of different issues. To find out more about our experience in mindfulness visit our psychologists’ profiles by clicking here or call us today to make an appointment on 9876 1800.