I have been practising a new mindfulness meditation technique called ‘labelling‘.
Its purpose is to label an unhelpful thought immediately to reduce stress, and it is so easy and effective.
Our minds are so active and they are continuously chattering away, telling us this that and the other, often creating worries and drama where none exist! For those of us who suffer from the stress and anxiety our minds conjure this technique can work wonders.
The process is as simple as completing the following process when you have an unhelpful thought:
- Notice the thought.
- Label the thought. “It’s just worry.”
- Change the subject.
- Repeat from step one as many times as necessary.
Try it next time you have a thought that is causing you worry or stress.
I have been using it lately whenever I notice myself thinking unhelpful thoughts. It doesn’t matter if you have to do it over and over, twenty times in five minutes or five days, keep doing it and reap the rewards!
It gets easier every day.