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Cutting: Mindfulness Strategies to Heal

“I cut to detach and to find a type of relief that disconnects my mind, the racing thoughts that
overflow and the feelings I don’t show, I won’t show.” Staci, age 16.

Mindfulness-based strategies have demonstrated effectiveness in coping with negative emotions
associated with self-injurious behavior. By definition, mindfulness is a therapeutic technique
achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and
accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Staci, captured in the quote above, engages in mindfulness practice in effort to reduce stress and
regulate her emotion to prevent urges to self harm. For example, she practices mindfulness by
completing a diary card on an iphone app that allows her to reflect and journal about each day.
Another example is Mindful Swimming and Walking. This allows Staci to clear her mind,
reduces stress and anxiety, allows her to be present, appreciate health, and have gratitude. She
also has an emotional support animal that provides companionship on her walks. The third
example is Mindful Music and Dancing because our bodies have a natural inner rhythm. Staci
finds peace and calm when listening and dancing to her playlist of Mitzi or Doja cat. The fourth
example is mindful cooking and eating to reduce stress and anxiety, promote happiness, improve
concentration and allow being present. The final and most preferred example is using a self-care
box. It
includes mindful activities such as inspirational books, journals, essential oils,
aromatherapy, beauty skincare, bath and body care products + sweets and goodies, takis,
crossword sudoku puzzle, favorite novel, etc.

At The Pursuit, a group of experienced therapists have come together to offer best-in-class counseling services. We prioritize clinical theory, non-judgmental approaches, and effective interventions, treatment plans, and coping skills. We have therapists who specialize in different areas and we strive to find the best match for your unique needs. Our services cater to individuals, families, and organizations, including adolescents in high school. We aim to connect you with the specialist who can best address your concerns. Our specialized counseling services aim to address the underlying emotional wounds that contribute to behaviors. We offer evidence-based counseling that is effective in working with many presenting problems. We provide a holistic approach to recovery, focusing on healing the past to create a healthier future. Are you ready to take the first step in your Pursuit towards a happier, healthier you? We invite you to book your free 20-minute consultation with one of our skilled therapists. Don’t wait; it’s time to invest in your well-being. Simply Book Now to start your Pursuit toward personal growth and positive change today.

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