Monthly Archives: December 2017

Mindfulness

Mindfulness  is an intentional cultivation of consciousness, which is believed to promote well-being. Mindfulness practice in daily life with focused attention, awareness, and non-judgemental, accepting attitude demonstrates benefits in health, productivity, overcoming addictions, avoiding burnout, self-regulating behaviour and positive emotional states.

I used to think I was too busy to spend time on mindfulness and besides, there was no sufficient evidence to relate the effects in physical health. Little did I know that my approach was purely judgemental and unaccepting, building limits to a better version of my health and well-being. After some research, I decided to squeeze mindfulness practices into my busy daily schedule even only for 1 minute every day. Realisations came after each other: it was noisy, chaotic, painful and restless, everything contrary to what I expected in exchange of my spent time. Just like I observed my breath, I observed my mind trying to get me out of the practice. The value of regular practice has given me one of the greatest gifts of understanding that I have a choice; all movements inside my mind will just pass if I let them go without attachment. Without any resistance or distraction, I could breathe calmly and be mindful of my body and state of my mind by practicing consistently. I could observe myself getting better in focusing, stress relief and ultimately having increased performance in my daily life. 

Mindfulness in medicine(mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)) has been successfully utilised to treat anxiety, depressive relapse, eating disorders, psychosis, and borderline personality disorder. There is an increasing interest about the therapeutic effects of mindfulness meditation and its clinical applications:

Are you still thinking that you don’t have time to practice?

Dementia

Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms, which include impairments in cognitive functions (thought, communication, memory, thinking, orientation, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement) where consciousness is not affected. Worldwide, around 47 million people have dementia and it is projected to nearly triple by 2050.

Researchers have come up with a new test, which may help diagnose and identify those who are already at high risk. Since the initial sites of Alzheimer’s disease pathology appears to be associated with an asymmetrical (left greater than right) decrement of odour detection sensitivity (olfactory dysfunction),  a quick “Peanut Butter” or “Sniffin’Sticks” may be a useful tool for predicting the onset of the disease.

As the diet and lifestyle changes could potentially prevent millions of cases a year, Alzheimer’s disease is incurable but preventable.

Below are the ideal health behaviours that will help maintain our quality of life and cognitive functions, besides reduce the risk of dementia: