Keeping It Together

WRAP®, IPS, Mindfulness, Meditation, MCBT, MBSR

All of these acronyms and familiar words look so squishy and touchy feely to me. I have to trick my mind into ignoring what it thinks their implications mean to me so that I can get on with dealing with the results of the reactions that my mind has to everything in life.

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® – “WRAP is a self-designed plan for staying well and for helping you to feel better when you are not feeling well, to increase personal responsibility, and to improve your quality of life.” Basically it is a guided set of instructions that you use to develop a plan for yourself to deal with a problem (specifically mental illness but it can be anything,) in your life that you need help with. (This can be done on your own but it helps to develop the WRAP in a group)

Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting powerfully transformative relationships among people. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.” This is a way of looking at communication between people so that the communication is more honest and helps both people (or more than two,) resolve issues by listening mostly and letting each person talk without interrupting. (You take a course to learn the skills then apply them to your life.)

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events…. …Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.” Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what we are doing so that we can help ourselves live a life that is less frantic and chaotic. (This can be done on your own or in a group.)

Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.” Meditation is a practice that helps you focus. When done regularly it can benefit you physically and mentally. (This can be done on your own or in a group.)

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy – “MBCT integrates aspects of cognitive–behavioral therapy for depression (Beck, Rush, Shaw, & Emery, 1979) into the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program developed by Kabat-Zinn (1990). MBCT teaches patients who are currently in remission from recurrent major depression to become more aware of, and to relate differently to, their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. For example, patients are encouraged to relate to thoughts and feelings as passing events in the mind, rather than to identify with them or treat them as accurate representations of reality. MBCT teaches skills that allow individuals to disengage from habitual (“automatic”) dysfunctional cognitive routines, in particular, depression-related ruminative thought patterns, as a way to reduce future risk of relapse and recurrence of depression.” (You take a course to learn the skills then apply them to your life.)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction brings together mindfulness meditation and yoga. Although MBSR is a training with potential benefits for all types of participants, historically, students have suffered from a wide range of chronic disorders and diseases. MBSR is an 8-week intensive training in mindfulness meditation, based on ancient healing practices, which meets on a weekly basis. Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.” This is a group experience. You enroll in an 8 week course to learn Mindfulness. “Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.” (You take a course to learn the skills then apply them to your life.)


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