Anyone can feel that way at one time or another. But for those of us living with ALS, or other serious conditions, health worries can easily dominate our day-to-day thinking. Stuck in our own nonstop chatter, we become mind-LESS and end up navigating the day by way of our body's autopilot - - which is not always reliable!
What can we do?
The good news is that for the past forty years, Dr. Ellen Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard, has been studying our mindlessness and how we can learn to avoid it. Her method does not require learning to meditate or sit quietly. In fact, she urges us to actively engage with our world and to recognize those moments when we're being mindless. Most recently, Dr. Langer's focus has been on helping people with challenging health issues including breast cancer, prostate cancer, PTSD, the common cold, diabetes and ALS.
In 2014, she helped conduct a four-month study* that measured how mindfulness influenced the health of 197 persons with ALS. The box on the left lists increases for the participants. On the right, what decreased - - pretty impressive results, I'd say!
Read one of my earlier blog posts on mindfulness: "Your Attention Please!" with easy how-to steps.
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