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How to Be Mindful When You Are Sick

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-when-you-are-sick.html

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How to Be Mindful When You Are Sick
We often compound our physical ailments with negative reactions, making us not just sick, but anxious about being sick, and maybe also resentful.

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Mindfulness While Being Sick

Mindfulness While Being Sick

We ourselves contribute to slowing down our recovery. Our never-ending responsibilities add to an additional layer of stress while we fight our illness, and our negative reactions compound our physical ailments.

Moment-to-moment awareness and a non-judgemental state of consciousness do not come intuitively while being unwell, as the mind tries to distract itself from the illness.

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Aware And Compassionate Towards Recovery

Seeing one’s own illness with compassion and care leads to acceptance and aids recovery.

We should not be anxious or resentful about being sick, as the added worry is not doing the body any good.

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To-Do List To Support Your Recovery From Sickness

  • Accept that you are unwell, and be realistic about it, reminding yourself that you will get better
  • Do not indulge in self-pity or unnecessary distractions.
  • Be caring, patient and kind to yourself for a change.
  • Take deep breaths, focusing on your body and bodily sensations.
  • Do not feel angry or judgemental when you feel uncomfortable.
  • Support your body with positivity and let go of anxiety and worry.

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Mindfulness: Do’s And Don’ts

  1. Daily meditation: Having a daily meditation practice, be it mindfulness, a mental body scan or even chanting is crucial.
  2. Away from the bed: If you are unable to sleep, try to change your place, as the bed has to be associated with sleep.
  3. Sleep apps don’t work: Sleep apps are not to be relied on for sleeping, and one should cultivate our own body to be able to sleep without any aid like sleep apps or even sleeping pills.
  4. Don’t try too hard: Sleeping is an effortless effort, and your mind and body has to be conducive for it to happen. Forced sleep is the primary mistake many insomniacs make. Sleep happens on it’s own if you allow it.

Three Ways To Wind Down

  1. Eliminate distractions, like your smartphones or tablets, that hinder sleep by their radiation, constant notifications and the blue light they emit.
  2. Don’t pressure yourself to sleep and instead focus on calming your mind and practicing mindfulness and relaxed breathing.
  3. Mental body scan is an effective mindfulness meditation that promotes sleep, where one notices one’s breathing and various bodily sensations, while mentally scanning one’s body parts.