Yesterday I yelled at my 3-year old for her nuisances. It was as if some demon had entered me who wanted to beat her to-and-fro to the point she pukes. I had almost initiated my aspiration when suddenly something struck my mind. A voice echoed my ears that shouted and asked me to stop and check my inner feelings when I was performing the devil’s act of beating a child.
It took only a fraction of second to transform my mind from a devil to a soothing mother. Thanks to the previous mindfulness exercises that I have been practicing from a couple of months that I was able to hear the feeble inner voice. Such is the power of ‘Mindfulness’ that acts as a ‘Gate-keeper’ of our every action and every emotion. Though we are naïve, the Gate-keeper knows what is good or bad for us in each and every moment of our lives.
So what exactly is ‘Mindfulness’ and why so much hype about it in the healthcare sector?
Mindfulness is the act of being in the present moment, fully aware of what one is thinking in the present moment without any judgment of good or bad. Suppose one is thinking of going to the bed to sleep, then the inner conversation that ‘I am thinking about going to the bed right now’. That’s it. But it’s not that easy that it seems. One has to be aware of each and every thought that one creates. It’s much easier as far as casual thought like going to sleep is considered. But it’s much more difficult as far as stronger thoughts like beautiful memories of someone or taking revenge from someone is considered.
The Hype about Mindfulness in Healthcare industry
We all are aware of the difficulties of curing any mental disorder. It needs many more than just regular and sometimes life-long medications. Timely counseling, support from family and friends are few of them. An addition to the Counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has come up in recent years called Mindfulness exercises that have proved to be beneficial.
Here are a few clinical studies that have proved that.
So how does Mindfulness work in Depression
- A study shows that it shrinks the “Stress region” of the brain responsible for their role in Stress i.e. Grey matter of the Amygdala.
- The areas of the brain responsible for more practical approaches to life like planning, solving problems, control of emotions become thicker and so more powerful.
- The areas of the brain associated with memories of pain shrink i.e. people practising mindfulness do not feel the pain due to past memories as compared to their counterparts not practising mindfulness.
Thus, these exercises are the future of treatment of Depression and other mental illnesses. The best thing about them is that there’s a check-point for each and every thought that we create. This eventually allows us to become a better person.