MS and Mindfulness

October 19, 2020 | Southmedia

MS and mindfulness

As we prepare for our next Mindfulness course on 4 November, we explore a bit more about it and the benefits for people with MS. 

There is no question that the pandemic has been tough in so many areas of our lives including psychologically. Anxiety and worry are at an all-time high. Given that living with MS is difficult at the best of times, it has become harder for so many people. 

This week the MS Society has shared some information about mindfulness and some of the benefits it can bring people with MS….

‘Life can be stressful, and MS doesn’t help. It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts and worries. Mindfulness is one way people take back control.

Fans of mindfulness say it helps them pause, take notice of the world around, and the way they feel.  It could even help with MS symptoms like fatigue and pain.

What is mindfulness?

The idea is to notice what’s happening in the present moment. How do you feel in your mind and your body? What are your surroundings? By focussing on these details, people can find stillness and calm.

Mindfulness can be a way of stepping back from the everyday stresses of life, and from thoughts about the future or the past.

The aim is to think about things without the judgments we often make – is something good or bad, fair or unfair, important or unimportant, and so on.

It won’t stop you from having negative thoughts or difficult days. But it can be a tool to cope with them better.

Mindfulness isn’t meant to be an alternative to getting advice and treatment for mental health problems. Speak to your GP or MS nurse if you have any concerns.’

For more information, please visit the MS Society website at https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/mindfulness-and-ms

How can the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre help?

Through us, you can access counselling and mindfulness classes. 

Counselling is currently available over the phone and internet by our counsellor Leigh. To request an appointment please email ms@bmstc.org

Our next online mindfulness class will start on Tuesday 4 November and you can find out more at https://www.bmstc.org/events/online-relaxation-and-mindfulness-class-1

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