Sadness is as human and natural an emotion as any other; However, that does not mean that it is completely harmless.
And it is that if it becomes excessively intense or is prolonged too much in time, this emotional phenomenon has a great capacity to erode our mental health.
Yet even though it is a painful experience, it can help us overcome situations we are stuck in. But sometimes we get used to dealing with sadness in a dysfunctional way, so not only does it not help us improve, but it also becomes part of the problem.
Fortunately, there are currently effective therapeutic resources to overcome such cases. here we will talk about how mindfulness will help overcome states of psychological distress.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness (in Spanish, also known as mindfulness) is a set of mindfulness practices inspired by Vipassana meditation, a thousand-year-old tradition originating in South Asia and linked to the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
This concept was originally developed primarily by researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, who in the late 1970s created a mindfulness program from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine designed to help people reduce stress and anxiety about chronic pain.
Thus, Mindfulness is inspired by meditation but renounces the mystical and religious contents that this practice has traditionally had; in this case, the priority is to obtain objective changes and improvements in the person’s quality of life, and more precisely, in the regulation of emotional management.
Over the years, there has been a great deal of research (today there are over 1,500 scientific articles) on the effects of mindfulness on people, and its benefits go beyond relieving stress and increasing stress. anxiety. This, together with the simplicity of many of these exercises, has led to the current use of mindfulness techniques in psychotherapy, psychological intervention in teams and businesses, and even in the educational context., because even boys and girls can practice mindfulness with proper supervision.
How does mindfulness work in the face of excessive sadness?
Sadness is often the result of a vicious cycle of negative thinking. When we feel bad, we are more likely to focus our attention on whatever is negative for us. feed a tragic story about our lives, and interpret reality and our own memories from this prism of pessimism.
In other words, we sometimes fall into sadness while feeding it without realizing it, because this way of seeing things gives a clear and unambiguous meaning to experiences for which we want to give an explanation. It’s an emotionally painful take on the facts, but at least it’s an interpretation.
And because this way of associating thoughts and memories with a very intense emotion touches us very closely, it is easy for everything that is going on around us to remind us that we feel bad, and that we have ( supposedly) reasons to feel so bad. Like that, the content of our thesis reinforces a pessimistic interpretation of the present, and vice versa.
Mindfulness helps break this vicious cycle of thoughts that reinforce bad moods. The exercises he proposes are based on a focus of attention on the here and now without prejudging and without giving moral character to these experiences: in Mindfulness, we accept the mental states which emerge in our consciousness, and we observe them. in their appearance, development, and disappearance as they come.
So focus on the present it allows us to stop obsessing over biased past interpretations and futures that only exist in the head because of our discomfort.
In short, Mindfulness offers practical exercises with one thing in common: acceptance, attentional focus on the present and your thoughts and feelings, and the renunciation of trying to eliminate discomfort completely, so we don’t give more importance to who he has and is. weakened by not overreacting to him.
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- Didonna F. (2011). Mindfulness Clinical Manual. Desclée de Brouwer.
- Rodriguez, A. (2019). Manual of Psychotherapies: Theory and Techniques. Barcelona: Herder.