Mindfulness can help reduce the clutter in your mind and reduce symptoms and anxiety by keeping you more focused in the present moment and letting go of worrying thoughts.
When you practice mindfulness, it is like a restful holiday for brain, nervous system and immune system. Offering many of the same benefits as getting a good nights sleep, while providing your body with the help it needs to turn down the volume on fatigue, pain, and anxiety.
“It has also been shown that positive changes in brain function and immune response can occur in as little as 8 weeks”. (Davidson 2003)
Mindfulness is defined as being attentive and aware, non-
judgmentally. Mindfulness can help you in many ways.
Mindfulness and Relaxation:
Mindfulness and Acceptance:
It is easy to feel like your locked in a fierce battle with your pain and sensitivities, and understandably you just want them to go. Not having complete control over pain and sensitivity reactions can result in heightened frustration, anxiety and even depression. Mindfulness is about accepting what is going on right here and now, and that includes accepting that you are pain. This may sound like you are resigning to your pain and giving up, however this is not the case. In accepting your pain without judgement or analysis the nervous system starts to calm and ironically pain begins to ease. Perhaps not noticeably immediately, but with continued mindfulness practice this will happen.
Mindfulness and Mental flexibility:
When you are experiencing heightened stress (linked to chronic ill health or not) your thinking can become more rigid and you can get stuck on anxiety provoking negative thought loops. This is understandable but it is not very helpful.
Mindfulness meditation can reduce these negative thought loops by changing your relationship to thinking itself. Mindfulness teaches you to see thoughts as just ‘mental events’ rather than facts. This lessens the impact of your thoughts. This is especially important in treating the upsetting emotional impacts caused by pain and sensitivities, such as depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness can be incorporated into your daily life in many ways and is encouraged. You can install a mindfulness app on your computer or phone to help remind you to have mindfulness breaks, you can do a simple mindfulness de – stressing exercise when feeling overwhelmed, or you do a mindfulness meditation. If depressed, very anxious and /or in pain and experiencing a lot of fatigue, working with a therapist trained in Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT) can be beneficial.