How to Try a Mindful Moment: R.A.I.N.

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Skillfully dealing with challenging thoughts and emotions means recognizing and working with them rather
than trying to bypass them.

  • Research indicates that simply labeling an emotion calms the emotional centers in our brain.
  • The practice of paying attention with an open attitude decreases repetitive negative thinking and avoidance strategies, both of which underlie anxiety.
  • An open attitude creates a greater ability to tolerate difficult situations. We can dis-identify from thoughts and emotions and simply be with them, instead of controlled by them.