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Leaves on a stream

Written by Kirsikka Kaipainen (7 May 2017)

Surviving or thriving? This is the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, May 8-14.

Resilience can be defined as the ability to cope with stressful events and difficulties life throws at us. Being resilient doesn't mean that you are immune to pain, anguish and distress; it means that you can feel the pain and still look forward, taking small actions that are in line with your values. You can increase your resilience by practising defusion, which helps you prevent getting all tangled up in your thoughts and emotions.

The Leaves on a stream exercise can help you notice how thoughts come and go, and how you don't have to get stuck on them. When you practise it regularly, it can calm your mind and create space around your thoughts. Take a couple of minutes to listen to the exercise and notice how it feels.

In stressful or difficult situations your mind may be telling you something, but notice that it is your mind doing this, and not someone or something else. Your thoughts can make a stressful situation seem like something else than it really is.