Mindfulness, one of the treatments offered by The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic, can be an effective tool to reduce tinnitus distress. It can reduce anxiety, improve mental focus, reduce unwanted thoughts, and over time it can give you a sense of control over your tinnitus as well as other areas of your life. So, what then is this "mindfulness"?
In common with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness believes that emotions are driven by thoughts. Whereas CBT has only been around since the 1950s, Mindfulness has been around much longer in one form or another. One of the main principles of Mindfulness is focused thinking, with a focus on the present, rather than worrying about the past or anticipating what may or may not happen in the future. This is taught by sitting quietly and focusing on something like the feeling of your breath as you breathe in and out, or repeatedly counting in your head from one to ten each time you breathe out. As someone with tinnitus, you'll probably find it easier to visualise the numbers in your head, but some people focus on the sound of the number being spoken in their head, and some people focus on both the picture of the number as well as the sound it makes.