Researchers across the world are continuing to discover the benefits of mindfulness on our health and wellbeing.
Here in Australia, Dr Craig Hassed, Senior Lecturer at Monash University Department of General Practice in Melbourne was featured in the documentary The Connection, where he spoke about the amazing changes in the mind and body due to the practice of mindfulness and meditation.
Often when we are experiencing issues that are out of our control such as illness and infertility, our stress levels increase, this impacts greatly on the body’s ability to repair and heal itself.
Dr Hassed comments on how “we cannot always control the things happening to us, but we can have more control of ourselves in choosing our response to these events and our attitude to them.”
When faced with issues surrounding infertility we can often feel out of control.
According to Dr Hassed, cultivating mindfulness improves how effectively we function; has direct benefits by changing the body physiologically and metabolically; has indirect benefits by improving our lifestyle; enhances relationships and compassion; improves the way we cope with life challenges and enriches our enjoyment of life.
Infertility has far reaching impacts on our health and wellbeing, our relationships, how we cope with treatment and social expectations, and mostly how we enjoy our lives.
Mindfulness is an essential element of the Mind Body Program for Fertility and offers many different ways to live more calmly and mindfully, while being faced with one of life’s great challenges.
Reference: Hassed C. (2013) The Health Benefits of Meditation and Being Mindful. www.monash.edu/health-wellbeing