Posts tagged #mindfulness

Mindfulness at Stourbridge Hospice

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I have been privileged to work as a volunteer therapist and Mindfulness teacher at Mary Stevens Hospice Stourbridge.  There is a growing amount of evidence about the benefits of mindfulness for both patients and those working in the palliative care environment.

Christopher Johns in Being Mindful, Easing Suffering: Reflections on Palliative Care explains how “Mindfulness is a quality of mind that notices what is present without judgment, without interference. Being mindful guides me to see things as they really are rather than as a reflection of myself. Mindful practice is being aware of ones experience as it unfolds in its unpredictable and unique way.

Trish Bartley in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards  explores a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer. An eight-week course which has been tried and tested over ten years of clinical use, and is targeted specifically for people with cancer.

“Mindfulness is a way of being more present and aware. This offers us many opportunities to appreciate life more. It also enables us to respond more gently to what we find difficult, and by doing this we often find that the experience changes

A study in 2008 ( Chadwik et al ) found that Mindfulness was beneficial to people with terminal cancer both physically and emotionally.  An analysis research available in 2005 concluded that mindfulness based intervention in cancer care had positive results, including improvements in mood, sleep quality and reductions in stress. A further review of studies in 2011 supported this finding. They found significant improvements in anxiety, depression, stress, sexual difficulties and immune function

In 2005 the the use of Mindfulness in hospice care was explored from the perspective of the nurses. The quotes included evidence how for some staff the changes were very significant.

“mindfulness makes me alert to what is happening……I see things that I didn’t see before, I begin to notice. For example when there is a lot of chaos in the room…..is thiswhat she is seeing all day?”

“I think that in itself to be mindful that someone is afraid and not to reject it, not to sugar it over with something but also not be freaked out. But to really be with that feeling and to embrace it….then it seems the person can usually relax”

Mindful presence is the nurse being totally dedicated to the circumstances she finds in the here and now, regardless of what has gone before or what will follow. It is a valuing of “being” over “doing” in the belief that compassionately being present enables the nurse to respond with empathy to the needs in that moment.

Mindfulness is not a replacement for medical care but it can be included within the home, hospice or hospital setting. 

For more information please do contact me on 07531 121199 or email joanne@breathetherapy.co.uk

 

Posted on September 21, 2015 and filed under mindfulness.

Mindfulness Research

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Mindfulness has been researched extensively and there are many quality studies available showing it's variety of benefits. 

Evidence shows that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can, on average, reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression by 43%. Research also suggests that it’s particularly effective for vulnerable groups who are more likely to relapse (J Williams et al, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Preventing Relapse in Recurrent Depression: A Randomized Dismantling Trial”, 2013.).  The evidence is so robust that the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) recommends it for all people who have had two or more depressive episodes.

Research into individuals with “problematic” levels of stress found significant improvement in perceived levels of stress over the course of a mindfulness stress reduction program. The findings of this research were consistent with other studies. (RA Baer et al, “Weekly change in mindfulness and perceived stress in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program”, 2012).

 A limited amount of research into mindfulness during pregnancy has shown encouraging results on the positive impact of mindfulness, finding ‘significantly’ reduced anxiety (C Vieten, “Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention during pregnancy on prenatal stress and mood: results of a pilot study”, 2007).

There is evidence that mindfulness can help individuals with insomnia. A subject in the study described changes thus; “Maria discovered ....... the principles and practices of mindfulness meditation allow for sleep to unfold rather than increasing efforts to clear the mind or try harder to make sleep happen.”  (J Ong et al  “ A mindfulness –based approach to the treatment of insomnia” , 2010).

Mindfulness has been researched as an intervention for pain management. A randomised control study concluded “Mind-body therapies such as the MBSR program are a promising non-pharmacologic adjunct to current pain treatment for older adults. However, larger more rigorous trials must be undertaken to convincingly demonstrate their effectiveness.”  (N. Morone et al “Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot study”, 2008).

My experiences of mindfulness are of course anecdotal but you can read a little about my use of mindfulness in our therapy blog.

Posted on June 8, 2015 and filed under hypnotherapy, mindfulness.