There is more and more scientiﬁc evidence that meditation and mindfulness exert positive eﬀects and lessen risk factors and symptoms related to physical and mental illness. Many health centres in the world incorporate these practices to improve the clinical evolution of their patients and their quality of life.
The purpose of this course is to learn to self-manage your health and well-being through the practice of mindfulness.
Throughout the course we will learn about diﬀerent tools we can use in diﬀerent areas of our health, from the management of stress, anxiety and diﬃcult emotions. To the management of pain, chronic disease, addictions (of all kinds) and learn how to recognize and modify unhealthy habits in our daily lives. Along with improving ourselves through self-care through diﬀerent themes such as; food, relaxing, physical exercise etc.
MINDFULNESS AND ITS EFFECTS ON OUR HEALTH
The ﬁve most prevalent chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and mental disorders) are directly related to stress or worsen due to it and there are many other ailments(ﬁbromyalgia , autoimmune pathologies, digestive ailments, dermatological disorders, overweight, obesity, etc.) in which stress plays a fundamental role as a trigger or aggravates these conditions further.
Through the practice of mindfulness, meditation allows for the release of stress hormones such as cortisol, ACTH etc. to be lowered. This allows for a positive eﬀect on chronic diseases that are clearly inﬂuenced by stress, such as psoriasis, asthma, skin diseases, of joints, cardiovascular, digestive disorders etc.
There is also scientiﬁc evidence that mindfulness and stress reduction have a positive inﬂuence on our immune system, strengthening our defences and helping to regulate antibody levels in autoimmune diseases such as; lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lichen planus etc.
Through the practice of mindfulness we are able to better our health and learn to be much more aware and treat our bodies in a kinder way. Breathing, in such a way that improves our ability to manage bodily sensations and feelings with important emotional charges. This helps us in a natural way to choose healthier lifestyles, food etc. It’s eﬀectiveness has been proven in addictions of all kinds, disorders and in food behaviour etc.
It’s also demonstrated visible and measurable changes in our brain, both on a biochemical and structural level, with only eight weeks of training and practice.
Chronic diseases from cancer to cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and autoimmune diseases have demonstrated an important inﬂammatory component. Inﬂammation has been clearly tied to stress levels and the practise of mindfulness can have a massive impact on this component. If one starts practicing beforehand, it can prevent the development of serious pathologies.
In serious illnesses, mindfulness helps us through diﬀerent stages. At the time of diagnosis, it can help us not to feel overwhelmed and to emotionally overcome diﬀerent obstacles. Moreover, it helps us to be able to keep calm and to stay in the moment of now and to face every moment step by step. During treatments for example in the case of cancer, it shows us how to cope better with the physical side eﬀects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgeries etc. along with the stress and emotions that are often associated with these diseases.