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I recently had the opportunity to attend a weekend workshop based on mindfulness. Fantastic I thought, a few days away for a change of routine. Quiet the mind. I could do that.
But the first day, I was surprised to find how difficult it was. “How could I take time away from home? I have things I’m meant to be doing. This is silly.” My thoughts were busy, on rewind. Same on the second day. “Yes, the birds sound lovely, the air is fresh. I’m noticing things.. but still, I have things I’ve got to do.” But the third day, I got it. The quiet arrived.
So can mindfulness help with asthma? Studies have shown mindfulness based on stress reduction can:
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) produced lasting and clinically significant improvements in asthma-related quality of life and stress in patients with persistent asthma, without improvements in lung function.*
Mindfulness for asthma, although maybe not able to improve the physical effects of asthma, if it improves general well-being, that is a plus. Happiness may not be measurable, but for those who have asthma triggered by emotions, being able to reduce stress may be of benefit.
Mindfulness for carers could help with the day to day management of all that needs to be done. Especially at the times when that feeling of constantly being on alert starts to wear us down.
Have you tried trading the busy, for mindfulness?
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