General Article Have you felt depressed? Here’s how mindfulness might help you

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By Dr Meera Joshi, Mindfulness expert for Bupa UK

There has been a huge increase in the amount of scientific research into mindfulness-based practices. This is because they can help people struggling with a range of mental health issues, including work-related stress and anxiety. This article focuses on mindfulness and depression.

In short, mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment. This can help you develop awareness of the things around you, and in turn your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations.


Can mindfulness help treat depression?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an organisation that recommends therapies based on the best scientific evidence available. NICE recommends mindfulness for the treatment of recurrent depression. Specifically, they recommend an approach called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). 

What does this mean for me?

An average episode of depression usually lasts between six and eight months. If afte...

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