“In the practice of mindfulness a CFS/FM patient is neither in the past nor the future – only in the here and now….Focus on the now, the present, is not associated with frightening ‘what if’ future thinking, the negative experiences of the past….It’s a time to simply be – a moment of acceptance, an awareness of life” Dr. Alison Bested, ME/CFS Doctor and Author.
Meditation/Relaxation Exercises May Work in ME/CFS/FM Because the foster
- Meditation results in slowed, deepened breathing. Some studies suggest some ME/CFS patients often have shallow, rapid breathing and/or are ‘breath holders’. Both result in lowered breath CO2 levels and impaired oxygen delivery to the tissues. The evidence suggests that over time meditation may able to retrain the nervous system so that you automatically breathe at more optimal rates.
Turn Down the Stress Response
- There is evidence that the ‘stress response’ is activated in ME/CFS and the ‘relaxation response’ is inhibited. This can lead to shortened breath, racing heart, constricted muscles, fatigue, etc. Meditation enhances the ‘relaxation response’ and turns down the stress (‘fight or flight’) response. Enhancing the relaxation response can lead to more energy, better digestion, slowed heart rate, better sleep and reduced pain.
- Meditation gives ME/CFS patients a ‘time-out’ from the many stresses and worries of their everyday lives.
Reduce Muscular Tension
- Meditation practices can ease the muscular tension commonly found in ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and fibromyalgia (FM) which can make it difficult to get to sleep and achieve restful sleep.
Reduce Prescription Drug Use
Alison Bested MD and Allan Logan ND. 2006. Hope and Help For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Cumberland Press.