Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Movement & Creativity
Mindfulness and creativity are useful approaches to therapy and are increasingly being recognised to be effective in stress reduction and overall wellbeing and happiness.
The Difference Between Meditation & Mindfulness
The main difference between meditation and mindfulness is that meditation is an umbrella term that includes various techniques including mindfulness. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which became used as a stress reduction technique and health based approach in 1979 in the US, following research and treatment of chronically ill patients by Jonathan Kabat-Zinn. This started the trend for using mindfulness as a way to live a healthier life. It involves being truly present. In meditation, focusing on the breath is a form of mindful Meditation.
The Use of Creative Art, Music & Movement in Therapy
The aim of creative therapies is to help individuals find a form of expression beyond words or traditional therapy. Adults may find it helpful if they are finding it difficult in talking therapy, or more natural to express themselves through their creativity. For teenagers in particular, music and movement are helpful releases for stress and emotion. Writing in a journal can release stress, or can be used for specific problem areas such as focusing attention on goals or unresolved feelings of anger.