Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally to the unfolding experience moment by moment” (Kabat-Zinn, 2003). It is a right here, right now mindset which allows for clearer thinking, calmer mood and improved well-being. Mindfulness practices are a key part of any trauma reprocessing therapy, any stress reduction and anxiety reduction plan.
Mindfulness helps with the initial stages of trauma treatment by helping you be more present in the here and now, fosters the ability to notice life situations with less reactivity, increases distress tolerance, and increases emotional stability.
Mindfulness based approaches include yoga, meditation, relaxation, breathwork, creative and expressive arts. They are helpful in managing trauma symptoms by teaching self-regulation meaning you are in control of your emotional reactions. Imagine you have a window of tolerance – the range of emotions you can comfortably experience.