Ever since I started practicing yoga and meditation many moons ago, I have been aware of how mindfulness is able to shift one’s perspective. As I discovered, being fully in the now can ease anxiety and create a remarkable sense of inner peace.
Mindfulness-based teachings have shown benefits in everything from inflammatory disorders to central nervous system dysfunction and even cancer. Now, researchers are studying how cognitive therapy utilizing mindfulness techniques can serve as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals for people with anxiety disorders.
Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”, which can be trained by a large extent in meditation practices.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. While antidepressants are frequently used to treat youth with anxiety disorders, they may be poorly tolerated in children who are at high risk of developing bipolar disorder. Moreover, many antidepressants cannot be metabolized by segments of the population due to deficiencies in metabolic pathways such as Cytochrome 450.
When it comes to treating depression and anxiety disorders, what’s better than brain-altering pharmaceutical meds? According to current research, mindfulness.
Source: Wake Up World