Mindfulness and meditation

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Mindfulness is a non-religious form of meditation that is not clearly defined and can take many forms.[1] A particularly common way to practice mindfulness involves purposefully and non-judgmentally paying attention to the present moment.[1]

Mindfulness and other forms of meditation have been suggested as management techniques for ME/CFS, and treatments for depression, anxiety, chronic pain and many other conditions.[1][2]

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Some patients with ME/CFS find that mindfulness or meditation help them to reduce their symptoms. A small pilot study by the Arctic University of Norway,[3] though it focuses on the erroneous theory of "Psychological maintaining factors," does show that mindfulness was helpful in reducing fatigue and other symptoms for some people. It may be used alongside other management techniques and strategies and can be helpful when pacing.[citation needed]

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Mindfulness can have both positive and negative effects.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Van Dam, Nicholas T.; van Vugt, Marieke K.; Vago, David R.; Schmalzl, Laura; Saron, Clifford D.; Olendzki, Andrew; Meissner, Ted; Lazar, Sara W.; Kerr, Catherine E. (January 2018). "Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation". Perspectives on Psychological Science: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science. 13 (1): 36–61. doi:10.1177/1745691617709589. ISSN 1745-6924. PMC 5758421. PMID 29016274.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yahm, Sarah (February 5, 2018). "Prescribing Mindfulness Allows Doctors to Ignore Legitimate Female Pain". Slate Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  3. Sollie, Katinka; Næss, Eva Therese; Solhaug, Ida; Thimm, Jens C. (2017). "Mindfulness training for chronic fatigue syndrome: a pilot study". Health Psychology Report. 3: 240–250. doi:10.5114/hpr.2017.65469. ISSN 2353-4184.