Mindfulness meditation skills has proven stress reduction benefits.
Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach which involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings so we become more aware of them, less enmeshed in them, and better able to manage them. It is an approach to life that can help people relate more skilfully to thoughts, emotions and body sensations as they arise. Mindfulness is
- Attention training
- Understanding the impact of stress on our bodies, thoughts, emotions and relationships
- Living life to the full
- Befriending our minds and our emotions
- Working with pain
Developments in psychology and neuroscience now refer to mindfulness as being an inherent part of the human mind that can be developed and enhanced through non-religious meditative practice.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy* is recommended in NICE guidelines as a treatment of choice for recurrent depression.
The British Journal of Psychiatry article “Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: a promising new approach to preventing depressive relapse” provides further information for GPs wishing to consider the rationale and research behind MBCT.