Mindfulness and CFS/ME
Why could mindfulness be helpful?
Mindfulness is based on some of the techniques used by Buddhist practitioners and has been formalised and researched by John Kabat-Zinn and others into a stress reduction course used with people who have a wide range of health difficulties including chronic pain, chronic fatigue, psoriasis, anxiety and depression.
Specific research into the use of Mindfulness with CFS/ME has found improvements in fatigue levels, mood, physical functioning and quality of life. Mindfulness works best when people are open and interested in trying the approach and can practice the techniques regularly on their own.
There are strategies that people with CFS/ME seem to find helpful:
- restorative rest
- reducing the energy requirements of activities
- prioritising activities
- finding time for enjoyable/meaningful activities
- finding a baseline and grading and gradually increasing activities
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