Mindfulness May Improve Quality of Life for Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds

Mindfulness May Improve Quality of Life for Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds
Practicing mindfulness may ease anxiety, depression, and stress, and improve the overall quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, a study reports. The study, titled “Mindfulness is associated with psychological health and moderates the impact of fibromyalgia,” was published in Clinical Rheumatology. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to one's present experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Put simply, it’s about becoming aware of something (body, mind, and feelings) in the moment. The practice can be divided into five dimensions: observing (noticing internal/external experiences), describing (using words to describe experiences), acting with awareness (focusing attention on one’s current activity), non-judging (experiencing thoughts or feelings without judgement or criticism), and non-reacting (allowing thoughts or feelings to come and go without reacting or ruminating). Evidence suggests mindfulness can lessen discomfort in people experiencing chronic pain, and improve the physical and mental health in different study populations. Although mindfulness seems to contribute to overall well-being, little research has been done to assess how it affects psychological outcomes in fibromyalgia patients. In the study, researchers performed a secondary analysis of data obtained from a baseline screening evaluation of a single center, randomized clinical trial which compared tai chi to standard aerobic exercise. (Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that combines physical exercise with mindfulness). Designed by researchers at
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