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Mindfulness is a psychological therapy approach that can be used to manage some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Mindfulness is a meditative technique that involves learning to focus attention on emotions, sensations and thoughts in an accepting and non-judgemental way. By focussing fully on the present moment rather than on regret for the past or worries about the future, mindfulness helps to break the cycle of negative thoughts and emotions. Find out more about mindfulness on the NHS Choices website.

Studies in multiple sclerosis, these have shown that mindfulness can improve quality of life and help people cope better with their MS. The studies also found that it decreased stress, anxiety and depression.

References

  • Senders A, et al. Perceived stress in multiple sclerosis: the potential role of mindfulness in health and well-being. Journal of Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014;19(2):104-111. Full article
  • Simpson R, et al. Mindfulness based interventions in multiple sclerosis - a systematic review. BMC Neurology 2014;14:15. Full article
  • Grossman P, et al. MS quality of life, depression, and fatigue improve after mindfulness training: a randomized trial. Neurology 2010;75(13):1141-1419. Full article

Last updated: 19 May 2015
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