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Mindfulness: A Psychological Tool to Start Feeling Better Today

Self-Acceptance: The Psychological Tool to Start Feeling Better Toda

Calm and Relaxed | Therapy in Camarillo California
Calm and Relaxed | Therapy in Camarillo California

What an incredible series of posts that was! We went on a journey from self-help to the impactful benefits of therapy. You are probably ready to dive into these tools and get started on feeling better immediately.

We knew it!

That's why we have created this blog post specific to the tool:


This post will provide you with four things:

  1. The definition

  2. Inspiring quotes

  3. A mindfulness exercise by Dr. Sack

  4. Resources and Links List

1. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It's about being fully engaged in the here and now, not overthinking the past or anxiously anticipating the future. It's a practice of living in and responding to the present moment with openness and curiosity, rather than reacting out of habit or instinct.


Most of the time our perception is limited by our attention span; fragmented by continuous distractions; distorted by our biases, assumptions, and expectations; and regularly hijacked by our emotional reactivity.

Hyland et al., 2015, p. 578

Mindfulness is the capacity to perceive our world clearly, without adulteration or manipulation.

Hyland et al., 2015, p. 578

We are all mindful to one degree or another, moment by moment. It is an inherent human capacity.

Kabat-Zinn, 2003, pp. 145–146

It is only when the mind is open and receptive that learning and seeing and change can occur.

Kabat-Zinn, 2005, p. 31

The richness of present-moment experience is the richness of life itself. Too often we let our thinking and our beliefs about what we ‘know’ prevent us from seeing things as they really are.

Kabat-Zinn, 2005, p. 35

3. Video Exercise for a "Chocolate Mindfulness Exercise" by Dr. Sack

(Click the image to view the video.)

4. Resources List and Links

How Do Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Improve Mental Health, Clinical Psychology Review, June 2017

Abott RA, Whear R, Rodgers LR, et al. Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. May 2014;76(5):341-351.

Piet J, Hougaard E. The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for prevention of relapse in recurrent major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. August 2011; 31(6):1032-1040.

Ozen LJ, Gibbons C, Bedard M. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy improves depression symptoms after traumatic brain injury Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Innovative Applications (2016; Springer International). 31-45. [Abstract]

UCSD Center for Mindfulness: Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute

Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Trial

Mindfulness with Elevate Mental Health Therapists in Camarillo California
Mindfulness with Elevate Mental Health Therapists in Camarillo California

Mental wellness is attainable, and these scientifically backed psychological tools will help light your way and pave your way to feel better today. Many of our clients at Elevate Mental Health come to us and want to know one thing:

Can I Get Better?

And we most definitely state YES! This is why we exist. This is what we do. There is hope. Not just for others but for you. And this psychological tool of mindfulness can help you start feeling better today.

Give us a call and we can help you start or continue your mental health journey today. Or respond by emailing us at to let us know which TOOL you would like to learn more about.

Your Team at Elevate Mental Health


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