Jim Collier, MA MBACP


Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness: A Person-Centred Therapist’s Perspective

As a person-centred therapist, I am aware that anxiety can be an overwhelming experience that can leave you feeling like you are not in control of your thoughts and emotions. However, I want to reassure you that there is a way to cope with anxiety, and that is through the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help you reduce anxiety, increase self-awareness, and improve your overall well-being. This practice involves being present in the moment, paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment. By doing so, you can cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, reduce stress, and become more accepting of your thoughts and emotions.

The practice of mindfulness works by helping you become more attuned to your experiences, both internal and external. It helps you to notice when you are caught up in unhelpful thoughts or emotions, and encourages you to respond to them in a more constructive way. By becoming more self-aware, you can identify your triggers and learn to manage your anxiety in a more effective way.

To practice mindfulness, find a quiet and comfortable space where you won't be interrupted. Begin by focusing your attention on your breath, noticing the sensations of each inhale and exhale. If your mind starts to wander, gently redirect your focus back to your breath. You can also try a body scan meditation, where you focus on different parts of your body, noticing any sensations without judgment.

As you practice mindfulness, you may notice that you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. Rather than trying to suppress or ignore them, mindfulness encourages you to observe them without judgment. This can be a challenging practice at first, but with time and practice, you can develop a greater sense of acceptance and become more in tune with your experiences.

In summary, mindfulness is a powerful practice that can help you manage anxiety by increasing self-awareness, reducing stress, and cultivating a sense of acceptance. By paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment, you can develop the skills you need to cope with anxiety and improve your overall well-being. If you are interested in seeking support to manage anxiety, I offer a mindfulness-based approach to person-centred therapy. Please feel free to get in touch by phone or email.

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