WHAT IS MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is a practice created by Professor of Medicine Jon Kabbat Zin in the Medical Department of Massachusetts University in 1979, to help people cope with stress, pain and illness.
It trains the mind to deliberately focus on the present moment without judgment. In this way, we learn to act, not to react, especially to situations that are stressful and manage them in a way that we achieve our goals.
Mindfulness is recommended by the National Health Care System of UK (NHS) for the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. It is also covered by the majority of private insurances in USA!
The effectiveness of mindfulness practice is evidence based. Google, Apple and Nike, universities such as Harvard, hospitals such as the Duke Center, invest in mindfulness programs to reduce stress of their workers, students or patients, to improve the physical and mental health of their people. Doctors working in clinics in England and USA who deal with patients with physical illness such as heart disease, psoriasis, diabetes, insomnia, gynecological issues, autoimmune problems, cancer, gastrointestinal, HIV, chronic pain, suggest them to attend mindfulness classes, which improve the course of their treatment.
MINDFULNESS & FERTILITY
As far as infertility is concerned, it has been clinically proven that stress reduction achieved through mindfulness increases the chances of pregnancy. Studies published in scientific journals, such as Human Reproduction, Fertility – Sterility, Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, etc., show the effectiveness of the practice. The greatest fertility clinics around the world integrate mindfulness as a part of the treatment because:
- Helps with the management of emotional roller coaster
- Reduces anxiety, anger, sadness
- Improves the relationship with partner, friends, family, colleagues
MINDFULNESS & PREGNANCY
Regarding pregnancy and childbirth, mindfulness trains us that every fear, every pain, every thought, every breath, every moment is unique, transient and never exactly the same with the previous or the upcoming. Mindfulness is recommended, world widely in maternity clinics, during pregnancy because:
- Reduces stress hormones
- Reduces blood pressure
- Increases self-confidence and reduces fear of childbirth
- Reduces pain in both pregnancy and childbirth
- Reduces the risk of premature birth
- Promotes healthy baby growth
- Improves relationship, communication and partnership between the couple
- Strengthens the bonding between mother and baby
- Provides skills for stress management and well-being
CLINICS APPLYING MINDFULNESS WORLD WIDELY
That is, the ability of the mind to change structurally and functionally. People who practice mindfulness have increased Gama brain waves and seem to have the ability, even after meditation practice, not to get stuck on whatever triggers their mind. This means, they can control their thinking!
Increasing grey matter
People who practice mindfulness have thicker cerebral cortex walls, which means that their brain are getting older at a slower pace. The thickness of the bark walls is also associated with decision making, memory, attention.
Reduces blood pressure
People who have issues with their pressure and practice mindfulness systematically, can see it reducing. They can even reduce their medication. Relaxation which comes from mindfulness meditation is catalytic in the secretion of nitrogen monoxide, which helps in vasodilation.
Research shows that mindfulness can reduce the intensity of pain and the discomfort that arises from it.