Being present is an elusive concept for many people. This would be especially true for people who struggle with depression. An alternative approach to overcoming depressive symptoms might be mindful. This was according to a paper published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The article posted for free on the website of Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine until April 10, 2015. The article sited there was a significant decrease in depression symptoms when mindfulness was being used.
My belief is that mindfulness is a very useful practice if one learns how to be mindful. Being mindful in my mind is about being present and focusing on how I am feeling right now. It’s also a focus on what I can do right now. An example of this in my life would be fearing that Mandala Clinic might fail and focusing on that fear versus looking at what can be done right now to attract more patients. The worry is not necessarily a bad thing as long as I do not let the fear overwhelm me. I can use the anxiety to help me refocus on being mindful and that worry might help me focus more making our clinic that much more successful.
If I was in a depressed state, I might let the fear debilitate me and cause me to shut down. Besides, what would be the point? Mandala clinic isn’t going to grow as fast as it should, and I am going to end up being a big failure. It’s been very easy for me to feel this way at times and that thinking has at times taken over my life. The result causes me to be rude to my wife and kids. It causes me to be irritable and defeated.
Depression is an enormous thing to take on your own, and there are a lot of factors such as relationships, diet and exercise that might be impacting a depressive state. If you need a more hands-on approach to tackling how you are feeling and how to overcome, please do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD
Liebert, Mary Ann. “Can intensive mindfulness training improve depression?.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 11 Mar. 2015. Web.
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