The benefits of mindfulness.

The benefits of mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone to help improve build resilience to the demands of everyday life and improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

There is a growing body of evidence which shows that mindfulness practice can support the immune system[3] and effectively address the impact of stress,[4] anxiety, depression and chronic pain.[5] It has been shown to improve emotional intelligence, working memory and attention span.[6]

 

The ability to manage stress is critical to our physical health and mental wellbeing. Many chronic diseases have been strongly linked with stress, anxiety and depression. [7]

 

Mindfulness effortlessly supports the body and mind to return to a more relaxed state of balance and increased well being. This can also help to deal with manyphysical symptoms associated with a wide variety of conditions including: Chronic pain, Low back pain, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, IBS. [8]

 

 

 

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Muller, Daniel MD, PhD; Santorelli, Saki F. EdD; Urbanowski, Ferris MA; Harrington, Anne PhD; Bonus,

Katherine MA; Sheridan, John F. PhD (July 2003), Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by

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5. Gard T, Holzel BK, Sack AT, Hempel H, Lazar SW, Vaitl D and Ott (2012), “Pain attenuation through

mindfulness is associated with decreased cognitive control and increased sensory processing in the brain.”,

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6. Moore A1, Gruber T, Derose J, Malinowski P (2012), Regular, brief mindfulness meditation practice

improves electrophysiological markers of attentional control. Front Hum Neurosci.

7. Dr Linda Carlson , ( 2012), Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Physical Conditions: A Narrative Review

Evaluating Levels of Evidence.211 Mindfulness based Interventions,( MBIs), papers, studies and trials relating

to and for people coping with a wide array of physical diseases and mental conditions. Department of

Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.