Mindfulness: Putting Mind Over MS
Mindfulness in Motion and MSThe NARCOMS story then detailed how last year, a group of 22 people with MS tried using the Mindfulness in Motion system. They met for an hour a week for eight weeks. As a group, they worked on things like breathing, eating, and sleep. They stretched and did chair yoga exercises with relaxing piano music in the background. They also practiced the techniques at home for 20 minutes a day. After two months, tests showed the participants had less anxiety, depression, and fatigue and better cognitive function. According to Dr. Klatt, this is because the program gave participants the ability to stop fighting their MS. “Mindfulness helped them begin to let go of the frustration that they can’t control [the disease],” Klatt said. They were able to accept their MS, reduce their stress, and hopefully, improve the quality of their lives. Mindfulness proponents say this isn’t as easy to do as it may sound and it might not be right for you. “It may not change the progression of MS,” Klatt said, “but adding to your stress certainly isn’t going to make the disease any easier to deal with.” You’re invited to visit my personal website at www.themswire.com.
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