Mindfulness when you are distressed

If you started meditation to just relax, calm down and observe the nature of your mind those are perfect reasons to meditate. You are in the right place. Many people also start meditation to help deal with things in their lives that aren’t going well. These can range from everyday issues to disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness meditation is a great tool in those cases as well. But it is only one piece of the puzzle. From the mindfulness perspective we are instructed to just observe whatever is going on. But what if you are feeling really bad?

In those times it might be better to do something proactively to change your mood. When combined with mindfulness, something as small as having a cup of tea or going into the sunshine can make a significant impact on your mood. We will talk more about this in the second part of this post.

It is also important to remember that our internal and external worlds are tightly connected. Meditation focuses on the internal but don’t neglect what’s on the outside. Put yourself in good environments and be proactive to the best of your ability. Eat well, go out, exercise, be in good company. Try activities like Yoga or Qigong. If you are dealing with the disorders mentioned above seek professional help. And try alternative approaches such as Somatic Experiencing.

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