13 Oct Mindfulness Can Reduce Emotional Reactivity
Mindfulness is the foundation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) an evidence based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, which are individuals who suffer from emotional dysregulation. Mindfulness helps us “step back” from our emotions and to sometimes simply notice or “ride the wave” or intense emotions. Mindfulness also helps us choose more skillful responses when emotions have reached a tipping point. Many individuals with these intense emotions think that they cannot practice mindfulness, that their minds are “too noisy.” However, it is with a regular practice that individuals can learn to become, as well say in DBT, more one-mindful, in other words do one thing at a time. We can begin practicing by doing one thing at a time and when our minds wander, redirect to the present activity.
Here is an interesting article regarding a study on mindfulness and emotional reactivity.