Mindfulness as an intervention to improve self-control

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Picture yourself talking a walk on a beach, barefoot. A beautiful day is coming to an end, as the sun slowly sinks into the ocean. You notice the warm breeze as it gently tickles your skin, and how this feeling changes with every little puff. With each step, you hurl up some sand and the wind blows a few grains onto your feet. It feels as if you perceive every single one touching your skin. The sound of the wind in your ears, the thoughts and feelings this place triggers in you, memories of your visit here last summer with your then partner – it’s all there, fully present. In fact, memories about the hurtful breakup with your ex quickly enter center stage. You’d be lying if you said you fully got over this relationship. In this moment, you are deeply aware of the feelings for your ex and the pain these memories evoke – but you feel no need to change these feelings. Instead, you are aware of all of these sensations, you notice them, they are okay, no need to judge or act on them. As they come you experience them, and you let them go.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Well-Being : concepts, theories, and central issues
EditorsDenise de Ridder, Marieke Adriaanse, Kentaro Fujita
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-12386-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-64857-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018