Mindfulness

April's self-management series

Mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular in recent years. A growing body of research has explored its applications in terms of managing various MS symptoms including fatigue, cognition issues, stress, depression and anxiety. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is credited with establishing mindfulness as a mainstream practice, defines it as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”.

The organisation Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis have detailed information on mindfulness and advice for practicing it.

This article from Everyday Health explains how mindfulness might help with managing the impact of MS symptoms and some tips for practicing it.

Here you can read a systematic review looking at some of the scientific research into mindfulness and MS.

Further reading

March: Positive Thinking/Challenging Negative Thoughts

February: Personal Relationships and MS 

January: Personal Goals

In May, we will look at Exercise