Mental health and wellness are a huge part of your fibromyalgia treatment. Because of that, many people have a lot of choices that they can consider when they’re looking at psychological treatment.
One type of treatment that has really gained popularity in recent years is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, better known as MBSR.
But what is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction? How can it help us to get a better grip on our symptoms? And how can it be part of treatment? Let’s take a look.
What Does MBSR Entail?
MBSR is quite an interesting type of treatment plan for people who are struggling from a variety of different mental health issues. They are most commonly used in people who struggle with anxiety disorders and panic attacks.
Many times, they are taught to people who need to use them as a coping mechanism, so they will be able to use it whenever those feelings of fear and/or frustration come up for them.
Let’s look at the first word first – mindfulness. The main thought behind mindfulness is that it allows you to feel as if you are more centered. You want to make sure that you are thinking through everything that you are doing in your life.
You want to feel as if you are in control of yourself and the things that are happening to and around you. And, on top of that, you want to be sure that you are comfortable with the feelings that you may be dealing with on a regular basis.
Overall, mindfulness is about being present in the moment. You want to be here, right now, where you can exist and enjoy your life in the best, fullest way possible.
Of course, for many people who struggle with anxiety disorders and other similar problems, mindfulness can be a really hard thing. They’re constantly thinking about the future.
What’s out there? What’s going on tomorrow, next week, or next year? What if this happens, what if that happens?
You’re so into the hypothetical and your mind is in so many different places at the same time that it can be hard for you to live in the moment.
That’s where techniques like MBSR can come in really handy.
There are a lot of ways that you can work with MBSR in order to calm your symptoms down. The central part of MBSR is to reduce the amount of stress that you’re feeling in a particular moment.
Feel your feet, make sure that you sense every area of your body, and recognize that you are right here, right now.
What do your senses sense around you? What do you feel, what do you taste, what do you smell, what do you see? Remember that you are actually present in the place that you are at, and be mindful of what is going on.
This can help bring you back into the present, so that you can deal with whatever is going on around you.
Being in the present, as scary as it may be at times, is the healthiest thing for you when you are dealing with anxiety symptoms.
How Can MBSR Help with Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
Okay, so the obvious question is now here. How does MBSR actually help us with our fibromyalgia symptoms?
Actually, there are a lot of different ways that it can help, and because of that, more therapists are utilizing MBSR as part of treatment plans.
As you likely know, dealing with fibromyalgia is incredibly stressful. You will have days where you feel overwhelmed, and in all honesty, that’s okay.
That’s why things like MBSR actually exist. They are there to help us deal with the stress in a healthy manner that allows us to enjoy our lives as we should – we deserve to be happy and to have as little stress as possible.
Anyway, MBSR does a number of different things for those who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
For example, if you are someone that has difficulty sleeping because your mind is racing or because you are unable to “turn off your brain” before you go to bed, then MBSR can be a huge help.
It allows you to focus on your own body and it brings you back to the now, which means that you’re going to have a lot easier time when you’re trying to go to sleep. Going to sleep and staying asleep is also a bit easier, because your mind isn’t as scattered.
As mentioned above, and is made obvious by its name, MBSR is also helpful for the stress and anxiety disorders that we may be dealing with alongside or as a part of our fibromyalgia problems.
Stress reduction has a number of benefits for the body. For example, if you aren’t as stressed out, you will start to notice that your body is not as tense as it used to be.
The less tense you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself and the less likely you are to feel pain for what seems to be no reason.
It also makes it easier for you to move around and take care of yourself. Lessening your stress can also play a significant role in helping you to sleep through the night without a lot of issues, because that means that your pain isn’t going to wake you up as often.
Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is just one of the many different treatment options that can be used in order to help fibromyalgia sufferers with their mental health and stress related symptoms.
A licensed therapist can give you the information hat you need in order to make an informed decision.
They can also work with you in order to help you learn techniques and have a better understanding of everything in the realm of mental health and fibromyalgia.
Don’t make any changes without their advice and supervision first, so that you can stay safe and on track for the long term.