Study Shows Mindfulness Can Improve Disease Managment in Patients with Fibromyalgia, Other Conditions

Study Shows Mindfulness Can Improve Disease Managment in Patients with Fibromyalgia, Other Conditions
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 press release. "One patient told me: ‘If it had not been
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  1. Sally Mapes says:

    It’s about 18 months since I first started using mindfulness on a daily basis and the improvement in my quality of life is phenomenal. Yes, I still have flare-ups from my fibromyalgia and am in pain daily, but I rarely take pain-killers, have made other positive changes to my life style (including a gluten-free diet and exercise) and am so very much happier. Most importantly my relationships with loved ones are better than ever. This week I have returned to teaching part-time, my first employed work, other than annual exam marking, in over 5 years.

    I have built mindfulness into my daily routine and cannot imagine a day in the future when I won’t continue to do this. It’s not just a lifeline, it’s a life changer and continuer.

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