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If you have a mental health disorder (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc), this is how you can practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice that can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Mindfulness can also improve your physical health, by lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, and reducing chronic pain.

As a psychiatric patient, you may face some barriers to practicing mindfulness, such as negative thoughts, emotional distress, or lack of motivation. However, you can overcome these obstacles by following some simple steps:

1. Start small. You don’t have to meditate for hours to benefit from mindfulness. Even a few minutes a day can make a difference. You can use an app, a guided audio, or a book to help you get started. Or you can simply focus on your breath, your body sensations, or your surroundings.

2. Be gentle with yourself. Mindfulness is not about achieving perfection or avoiding unpleasant feelings. It’s about accepting yourself as you are, and being kind to yourself. If you get distracted, frustrated, or bored, don’t judge yourself. Just gently bring your attention back to the present moment.

3. Find a supportive environment. Practicing mindfulness in a quiet and comfortable place can help you relax and focus. You can also join a mindfulness group, class, or course, where you can learn from others and share your experiences. You can ask your therapist, doctor, or nurse for recommendations.

4. Incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. You don’t have to limit mindfulness to formal meditation sessions. You can practice it anytime, anywhere, by paying attention to what you are doing, feeling, and thinking. For example, you can be mindful when you are eating, walking, listening to music, or talking to someone.

5. Enjoy the benefits. Mindfulness can help you improve your mood, self-esteem, relationships, and quality of life. It can also help you cope with your psychiatric symptoms and treatment side effects. You may notice that you are more calm, resilient, and optimistic.

Mindfulness is a skill that you can learn and practice at your own pace and in your own way. As a psychiatric patient, it can be a valuable tool for your recovery and well-being.

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