Conditions like interstitial lung disease (ILD)
can cause added anxiety about the future.
Mindfulness may help to reduce that stress.
Common Myths About Mindfulness
Some people are wary when they hear 'mindfulness.' However, it may be helpful to dispel some common myths:
- Mindfulness is not a religion—it is simply a method of mental training
- You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor. You can practice mindfulness in any environment where you are most comfortable
- Performing mindfulness does not take a lot of time
What Are Some of the Possible Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness?
Mindfulness may have a positive effect on your mood and help you manage some difficult emotions
when you experience them.
Some of the benefits of mindfulness may include:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced stress and anger
- Less confusion and tension
How Do I Perform Mindfulness?
There are many ways of performing mindfulness. Some people like to take part in guided
mindfulness, where a teacher (or a recorded voice) will talk you through a mindfulness session.
Your focus should be on being present without judgment.
One very simple example of a mindfulness session would be:
Sit upright in a comfortable place, such as a chair or bed
Gaze softly a short distance away and feel your body contacting the chair or bed
Focus on your breath and feel it as it enters and leaves your body
Notice when your mind wanders from your breath. When it does, slowly try to focus back on your breath
When you feel ready for the end of the session, open your eyes and notice how you feel compared to before
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism and being compassionate with yourself when unhappiness or stress are bothering you.
Speak to your healthcare team for more guidance about services that offer mindfulness training.
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