Why Is This Document So Controversial?
What’s New In Therapy, And Where Does Mindfulness Fit In?
How Should We Look At This Problem Differently?
Where Does Mindfulness Fit In?
Newsflash: You’re Normal
Mindfulness Is Something You Learn and Live, Not Something You Have
Common Myths about Mindfulness
How Do You Develop Your Mindfulness Skills?
Anxiety can be terrible when it’s spiralling out of control; it can restrict lives and also affect those close to the sufferer. If you or somebody you care about suffers with anxiety you’ll probably have experienced the impact first-hand. If this is the case, you will understand the desire to find a lasting solution to reclaim a rich, meaningful and rewarding life.
Typically, someone suffering with anxiety will try almost anything to overcome its debilitating effects. Research is clear that for good, lasting solutions, people may need to take actions that are not obvious, maybe even counterintuitive. For you, mindfulness skills could be an essential part of your counterintuitive solution to get free from the grips of anxiety.
In this document, we’ll look at why mindfulness can be so helpful. We’ll also debunk some common myths around the subject of anxiety and what the problems really are. You’ll then be able to decide if it’s worth your time developing your own mindfulness skills.
Having worked with many clients and run many courses, I’ve learned that some of the ideas in this document will make some people feel uncomfortable. This is because there will be some information that contradicts the way we’ve learned to think about and solve our problems.
It seems that the people who benefit most from mindfulness are those who’ve had their anxiety problems for a while; they’ve tried many things, and nothing’s fully worked for them. They’re still in hope of finding something to help, and they’ve struggled long enough to be willing to consider a different approach to the ones that have left them feeling exhausted and hopeless.
If all you’re looking for is a quick-fix, or ‘that one technique’ that will magically make you right again, then I’ll save you wasting your time. I suggest that you put this document to one side and come back to it in a year or two when you’re ready for a real, lasting change.