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This is just a small example of the research into the benefits of Mindfulness.


References for these articles are at the bottom of this page.


Chronic Anxiety:


 We all get anxious or worried at times, such as coming up to an exam, an interview, or when a loved one is unwell or unhappy. But chronic anxiety means that we are feeling worried or anxious all of the time, even though we can’t think of any reason to be. Sometimes the fact that there is no good reason actually makes us feel even more anxious, leading to a vicious cycle. Meditation can help to relieve the anxiety by helping us to focus on the present moment and preventing our thoughts from running away with us.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome:


 This is a chronic condition a surprisingly large number of people suffer from. Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is a miserable see-saw of constipation and diarrhoea, and often includes bloating and general discomfort. Meditation has been shown by several studies to not only reduce the physical symptoms of IBS, but also to reduce the stress and anxiety that is a continuing cycle often associated with the condition.


Attention deficit and hyperactivity:


 Most people assume that it is just children who are affected by Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but not everyone grows out of it. Many adults are affected by the symptoms but they have either found a way of coping with them or are very good at hiding them. One way of coping is the use of meditation. Recent studies have shown that regular meditation can significantly reduce the problem and help people to focus and concentrate in a way they never could before.


Hormonal Issues:


Many women regularly suffer from hormonal symptoms throughout their life, to a greater or lesser degree. Symptoms like sweating or hot flushes, bloating, irritability, poor concentration and feeling tired are commonly associated with PMT and the Menopause. Meditation can help by reducing the physical symptoms, increasing concentration and energy levels and lifting the overall mood of sufferers.



Research

Referernces:


Arias AJ, Steinberg K, Banga A, Trestman RL. Systematic review of the efficacy of meditation techniques as treatments for medical illness. J Altern Comp Med 2006;12(8):817–832



Linda Carlson, et al. "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction For The Treatment Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms: A Randomized Wait-List Controlled Trial." International Journal Of Behavioral Medicine 20.3 (2013): 385-396



C. W. Lejuez, et al. "Meditative Therapies For Reducing Anxiety: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis Of Randomized Controlled Trials." Depression & Anxiety (1091-4269) 29.7 (2012): 545-562.



Ospina MB, Bond K, Karkhane M, et al. Meditation practices for health: State of the research. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. US Department of Health and Human Services Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, NO. 155. Rockville,MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2007.





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