A new research study revealed that the practice of mindfulness can help people with long-term conditions better manage their disease and have more control.
Patients with conditions like fibromyalgia said they benefited from attending a mindfulness course. Mindfulness is a simple brain training technique that exercises our ability to pay attention and focus on what is happening around us. It is a form of meditation meant to focus the mind away from negative thoughts and dwelling on the past. The idea descends from Buddhist psychology and advocates remaining “mindful” of where you are, with whom you are, doing what you are doing, and being present in the moment. The study, titled “ Starting where I am: a grounded theory exploration of mindfulness as a facilitator of transition in living with a long-term condition ,” was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing , and conducted by researchers at England’s De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s School of Nursing and Midwifery . “I wanted to find out whether, after you have the initial enthusiasm and got your momentum going, what happens two, five, 10 years later? Do you stick with it?” Dr. Jaqui Long, the study’s lead author, said in a […]