The truth is we are not sure. What we do know is that mindfulness does help us with many mental and physical health related issues. The question becomes what is mindfulness? That’s a real question and the best way I can explain that would be to be for one to be present and aware of how one feels about a particular thing or situation. This brings a sense of focus on that goal or situation that otherwise might have been missing. According to J. David Creswell from Carnegie Mellon University, has shown in past studies that mindfulness may reduce stress. In recently published article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, he discusses the biological pathways that allow for mindfulness training to reduce stress.
My take on this is when we live in the present, and we are aware of how things make us feel that we can make big changes in the ways we handle stress in our daily lives. Finding ways to alleviate stress in our daily lives isn’t always easy, and it may even seem harder than allowing the stress to be there simply at first. If you need some more concrete ways to handle the stress in your life; you can always contact our office for an appointment. I will be more than happy to help you find the tools necessary to manage your stress.
Dr. Shah, MD
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