Individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other psychiatric challenges will benefit from engaging in some mindfulness practice. Your FPA clinician can guide you toward slowing down and learning to be mindful of our environment. You will learn to live in the present moment and focus on just one thing at a time. One mindfulness exercise is called the Five Senses Exercise. Your goal is to employ your five senses instead of your thoughts to focus on the world around you and calm your mind.
Meditation in conjunction with mindfulness will teach you to stop and take a deep breath from your diaphragm to relax. Deep muscle relaxation exercises and other meditation techniques will help raise a patient’s awareness of their own body and if tension and anxiety is tightening muscles and producing harmful chemicals in your body like cortisol. Mindfulness and meditation are holistic approaches for controlling racing thoughts, anxiety and panic and learning to remain calm.