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  • Honey Dahari, LMFT, MBA

Does Mindfulness Help Improve Mental Health?

Mindfulness has been found to be helpful in treating many mental health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety disorders: Mindfulness-based therapies have been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as worry and tension, and to improve overall emotional well-being.

  • Depression: Mindfulness practices can help individuals to cope with negative thoughts and feelings, and may improve symptoms of depression over time.

  • Stress: Mindfulness can help individuals to manage stress by promoting relaxation and reducing the physical symptoms of stress, such as muscle tension and increased heart rate.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Mindfulness-based therapies have been found to be effective in lessening symptoms of PTSD, such as re-experiencing traumatic events and avoiding reminders of the trauma.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Mindfulness can help individuals to manage the symptoms of OCD by helping them to focus on the present moment and to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment.

  • Chronic pain: Mindfulness-based therapies have been found to be effective in reducing pain, as well as improving overall quality of life, for individuals with chronic pain conditions.

It is important to note that while mindfulness can be helpful in managing symptoms of these conditions, it should be one part of your treatment plan, tailored to your mental health and emotional wellness goals. It is always best to consult with a mental health practitioner to decide the treatment options for you.

Want to learn more about how mindfulness can help your mental health? Mindfulness training can be provided as part of many different therapy styles, and is a core component of DBT group therapy too. Schedule a 15 minute consultation to discuss your goals and see if groups can help you.

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