Many guests on the “Woman Worriers” podcast talk about mindfulness as a tool to manage anxiety. But what is mindfulness, really? In this episode, “Woman Worriers” host Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC, explains what mindfulness is all about and why it’s helpful and shares an easy 5-minute mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness seems to be the solution to so many issues. In recent weeks, guests on the “Woman Worriers” podcast have suggested mindfulness as a way to heal past hurts, manage anxiety and empower yourself to achieve your dreams. In this episode of the podcast, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., delves deeper into mindfulness. She talks about what mindfulness is and how it has worked in her life, explains why it can be a powerful tool for managing anxiety and guides you through a simple 5-minute mindfulness exercise that you can easily do while you’re driving in your car.
Elizabeth talks about:
What mindfulness means from a practical perspective
How mindfulness interrupts the fight/flight/freeze mechanism
Responding vs. Reacting
How to hear what your body is telling you
How mindfulness can help you recognize your anxiety triggers
The critical importance of curiosity
The many benefits of being in the present moment
What research says about mindfulness and anxiety, addictive behaviors, post-traumatic stress disorder and more
How you can practice mindfulness the next time you’re in your car
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