Mental health is an often overlooked topic in the eyes of the government, with biological health issues often taking the centre stage.
However, MPs have recently voiced their desire for mindfulness therapy to become a more readily available asset in the healthcare arsenal as its implementation can afford significant improvements in mental wellbeing.
So what exactly is mindfulness therapy?
Mindfulness therapy helps to prevent the relapse (or recurring onset of) depression in individuals and is especially effective for those suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
Depression can often become such a prevalent and integral part of a person’s everyday life that they become attached to certain thoughts which then become a part of their identity, making it difficult to leave them behind.
Furthermore, when people have been subjected to periods of depression, stress can often become a catalyst for a relapse of automatic cognitive process which, in turn, can trigger depression.
Mindfulness works by encouraging individuals to become fully aware of the depressive thoughts which are entering their mind, to accept them without judgement and ensure they are detached from them.
The fundamentals are simple to understand, but what does the therapy involve?
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (or MBCT for short) is a bilateral programme in that it requires individuals to attend weekly intervention classes, as well as working on implementing the concept into their everyday lives when away from the classes.
Over the course of 8 weeks, individuals take part in weekly, two hour group sessions with a day-long session scheduled on the fifth week.
These sessions focus on meditative exercises that deter individuals from the holdings of depression and encourage the idea of non-reactive, conscious emotional thought processing and mental grounding.
In addition, attendees also converse with each other on their thoughts and experiences with depression which naturally assists in the acceptance and detachment from the condition and reinforces that they are not alone in their situations.
To further extend the benefits of MBCT, CDs are provided which are used for guided home meditation and contemplation in order to fully integrate the therapy into everyday life.
Simple exercises such as concentrated breathing can have profound benefits for people suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses as it helps to reinstate a healthy equilibrium between body and mind which depression can often unbalance.
The course aims to provide individuals with the ability to manage their thoughts, reduce insecurity and promote self-acceptance, view negative thoughts non-judgementally and with an air of detachment as well as to simply take a more positive outlook on life.
MBCT can prove to be substantially beneficial to people of all ages as well as those facing either mild or more severe mental depression.
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