WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT MINDFULNESS TODAY?
The methods with which patients are treated for their various addiction and mental health issues have evolved significantly over the last few years, and continue to evolve.
Indeed the very definitions of what constitutes addiction or a mental health condition are also constantly updated as the impact of modern life and society is recognised, be it in the form of gaming or internet addiction, PTSD etc.
It’s no longer considered sufficient for the patient’s needs to rely solely on the proven 12-Step method, made famous by the Alcoholics Anonymous organisation. As such, therapists are constantly on the look-out for ways to improve the treatment they deliver. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are two prime examples.
Another method that has met with huge acclaim from practitioners and patients alike is Mindfulness. Once thought to be strictly the preserve of exponents of the “New Age” alternative lifestyles, Mindfulness is now being studied scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
The dictionary definition tells us that Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness in the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Ok, so what does that really mean?
Well, basically, it’s a psychological process of purposely bringing your attention to those experiences which are occurring right here and now in the present moment through the practice of meditation and through other training. In Mindfulness meditation you focus on the flow of inner thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, without judgment. They are neither good nor bad. They just ‘are’.
WHAT MINDFULNESS CAN DO FOR YOU
Whatever your age or circumstances, Mindfulness can bring about many positive changes in your life. Whether studying, suffering a taxing relationship, resolving conflict at work, or just dealing with life’s everyday trials and tribulations, being mindful can help you enjoy the pleasure in life, fully engage with those around you and it can help you to cope with adversity.
OTHER BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
Improves Sleep Quality
Research has shown that Mindfulness results in significant short-term improvement in sleep quality, particularly among the aged. This also carries over into the day time – better sleep enhances your quality of life.
Helps Weight Loss Goals
Clinicians have established links between Mindfulness and the stabliisation of weight among overweight and obese patients. A US survey by licensed psychologists found that Mindfulness, when combined with other therapy techniques, is rated as a “good”or even “excellent” weight loss strategy as it allows dieting patients to focus on the role that their emotions play in their battle against weight management.
Studies have shown that Mindfulness can reduce the body’s levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. Clinical trials have established that Mindfulness can effect improvements in stress levels and the consequent quality of life of patients.
Decrease Depression, Stress and Lonliness
One particular scientific study found that a multi-week stress reduction programme, centred around Mindfulness can have a significant impact on the feelings of loss and loneliness among seniors. Further research suggests that Mindfulness can reduce cardiovascular risk on those with moderate anxiety.
A 2011 study found that Mindfulness-based therapy can be effective against depression relapse and in the fight against chronic major depressive disorder (MDD) and depression arising from childhood trauma.
Eliminate Negative Feelings
Studies have shown that including Mindfulness in your daily movements, such as getting up from your desk for a brief walk, is beneficial to your mental as well as overall health.
Improve Cognitive Abilities
Mindfulness meditation can lead to enhanced cognitive abilities such as lengthening your attention span, and improving memory, executive functioning, visuo-spatial processing, and mental fatigue. Mindfulness can benefit the let hippocampus of the brain, the posterior cingulate cortex, the temporo-parietal junction and the cerebellum – the areas of the brain involved in memory and learning, regulation of emotions and viewing life in perspective.
Chronic Pain Management
Modern science abounds with efforts to find alternatives to medication to help patients manage chronic pain. Mindfulness meditation, combined with yoga, has been found to result in significant improvement in levels of pain, as well as an increased sense of well-being and better ability to deal with daily life.
May Help Fight Addiction
Studies show that Mindfulness may help you increase self-control, willpower and awareness to assist in the battle against addictive behaviours.
MINDFULNESS AND MIRACLES ASIA
Our proven therapeutic programme incorporates Mindfulness in many forms – you will learn meditation techniques that you can employ in your daily life back home, and you will benefit from our yoga classes, stimulating body as well as mind.
Whatever the addiction or mental health issue you are here for, we are confident that Mindfulness can play a significant role in your treatment and long-term well-being. To find out more, and see how we can help, please contact us.