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Knowledge tells you what was, attention tells you what is

Scientific research both here and abroad has shown proof of the favourable effects of Mindfulness. Below are a few recent discoveries. For the scientific sources and for more information we refer you to the website of the Instituut voor Aandacht & Mindfulness (Institute for Attention and Mindfulness) (www.mindfulness.be).

Cognitive-psychological effects: dealing more creatively and realistically with stress

Research shows a reduction in emotional reactivity and fretfulness when confronting fear and uncertainty. One realises that ones own thoughts are not necessarily reflections of reality but are more often distorted by emotions.

Consequences for you:

  • you react less to situations with flight or avoidance behaviour.
  • you deal more realistically and creatively with stress moments.
  • you worry less.
  • you cope better with stress.

Biological consequences: positive effects on immunity and brains

The training has a positive regulatory effect on the emotional brain due to very specific activation. It has also been established that there is a significant increase in the number of antibodies produced after a flu vaccination compared to people who didn’t follow the training.

Consequences for you:

  • you are better able to figure out what is real, without making emotionally distorted interpretations.
  • emotions will affect and distort your observations less.
  • you are better protected after a flu vaccination.

Neuropsychological benefits: specificity in the memory

In the event of emotional stress the memory can easily overgeneralise. This results in a reduced capacity to solve problems and an increased risk of depression. Mindfulness has been shown to help with this problem.

Consequences for you:

  • Better problem solving under stress.
  • Less risk of depression under stress. A clear mind in difficult moments.