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On the Benefits of Being Mindful

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Mindfulness is a word that is sometimes used without really being understood. What is mindfulness?

Writer and clinical psychologist Laura Smith has this to say. "Mindfulness oversimplified involves focusing on and accepting the present moment. Throughout the years we’ve attended numerous continuing education classes to learn more about mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness is a part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBST). Wow, that’s a bunch of initials. "

She suggests the use of meditation and yoga as well as other mindfulness techniques for living in the moment. Mindfulness can decrease levels of pain, can prevent depression from deepening, and can help people to better deal with stress in their lives.

Laura Smith assesses and treats people for anxiety, ADHD, depression, learning disorders, personality disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. She is also the author of many articles and books.


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