Mindfulness can be a great tool when we are dealing with our emotions. Especially when those emotions are strong and uncomfortable. Why does mindfulness help? Being mindful helps us to calm down, accept the emotion for the warning it is and then let it go. Once we accept the emotion for what it is actually trying to show us it is easier to let go and move on.
Our Anxious Mittle understands that mindfulness is when we take the time to only think about our present. We become more focused and relaxed when we practice mindfulness. This will give us time we need to reflect in a calmer manner about what is happening. Once we are calmer, we can then think about the emotion we are feeling and make better decisions.
Peace Mittle taught Anxious Mittle to play the 5,4,3,2,1 game to help her focus and become mindful. It’s quite easy to play and it always helps Anxious Mittle calm down enough to focus. How do we play this game? Simple, when you are feeling a strong emotion stop and list these things.
5 things you can see – 4 things you can touch – 3 things you can hear – 2 things you can smell – 1 thing you can taste
You will find it easier to think about the emotion you feel and ask yourself the proper questions when you finish the game. Questions like: What am I feeling? Why do I feel this way? Is this feeling based on fact or just my thoughts?
Mindfulness is a great tool to help us confront and cope with our emotions. The Mittles hope you will learn to be more mindful before reacting to your emotional monsters.
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