Post the things you have found that help you keep your MD under control.
A lot of people have found mindfulness meditation helpful for keeping there MD in line as it teaches us to stay in the present. Mindfulness as a practice is described as:"Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally" "Bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis". By consciously choosing to move your attention away from the everyday noise of the mind and focus on what your body is doing, you will be giving the mind enough to focus on so that it can quiet down.
There are a lot of sites, recordings and mindfulness exercises online. Mindfulness meditation can involve breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation.
Mindfulness is also used for many other things such as:
Improve attention (this is so important to us MDers). Researchers found that brief meditation training (four days) can lead to enhanced ability to sustain attention. Other improvements from brief meditation training included working memory, executive functioning, visuo-spatial processing, reductions in anxiety and fatigue, and increased mindfulness.
Increase brain grey matter. Another surprising finding of the mind-body practice is that it appears to increase grey matter in the brain. Researchers found that increases in grey matter concentration occurred in the left hippocampus, the posterior cingulate cortex, temporo-parietal junction, and cerebellum. These are the regions involved in memory and learning processes, regulation of emotion, self-referential processing and taking perspective.
Managing pain. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a therapy that combines mindfulness meditation and yoga, has been found to result in significant improvements in pain, anxiety, well-being and ability to participate in daily activities. This is useful for those of us who use DD to escape physical health problems.
To prevent depression relapse and reduce anxiety. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), according to a growing body of research, may prove beneficial in preventing depression relapse. A 2011 study found that MBCT is an effective intervention for depression relapse in patient with at least three prior episodes of major depressive disorder. Another study found that MBCT provided significant relapse protection for participants with a history of childhood trauma that left them with increased vulnerability for depression. Researchers have found that even a single session of mindfulness meditation can result in reduced anxiety. Studies found that focusing on the present through the practice of mindfulness can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
I've been watching videos on Khan Academy because I thought it would be fun to learn new things, etc....I didn't do it as part of a MD management strategy, but I've found it's something that really helps!
In case anyone isn't familiar with Khan Academy, it's a website with a ton of free resources for education. You can watch 10min videos on any topic taught in school or do an entire course with videos and articles that cover a huge curriculum. The videos are super accessible and easy to understand.
I have a hard time with reading fiction books and even watching movies, but I can sit still for 10 minutes at a time and actually pay attention. It's been helping with my focus and I feel that learning about new things is keeping my brain busy and making me less likely to turn to MD.
I was actually doing that as well for a few days at the beginning of March. It worked pretty well because it gave me something else to do and fill my time with and it didn't trigger my daydreams the way that reading or watching tv or movies does. I only stopped because I'm having a hard time fitting everything that I need to into my day and teaching myself things (or brushing up on my skills), while important, isn't really an essential thing right now.
But using Khan Academy as a strategy for keeping your daydreaming under control is a really good idea.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.
So my social anxiety is calming down so I am doing more with my friends and planning events myself instead of waiting around but now that I have been doing well with that and trying to calm down my daydreaming. But I am staring to daydream around people again and in work its like my brain is trying to daydream to catch up with lost time does this make sense to anyone? Don't know whats going on might be the addiction part of MD and its so easy to give into the urge of it. Don't know what my next step is in dealing with it all.
My daydreams have differing level of interference. I have been trying something quite recently to stop me from daydreaming when I need to be doing something else. It may sound weird- but I've been doing word search puzzles. I carry a small booklet with me and doing the word search puzzle seems to bring me gently back into reality. It also give the positive feeling of completion and achievement when I finish a word search.(I have so much guilt over not finishing things so starting the day with this encourages me to continue to complete it) It also sharpens your cognitive skills at the same time.
Have a go see how you find it.
I'm going to start this. Thanks! :)
Hoping to be an MD researcher. If you want to talk neuro/psych I'm interested!