KENNESAW, Georgia. We have heard a great deal of the potential benefits of mindfulness meditation. It has been touted in leading to better health, less stress, and greater productivity. Can mindfulness really help people achieve all these things? And, if mindfulness can really help people in the workplace navigate stressful situations, does mindfulness have the power to make us safer drivers?
According to Self, there isn’t one single definition of mindfulness, but most can agree that it involves some degree of focusing on the present moment and accepting what arises without judgement. When practicing mindfulness, participants learn to keep their attention on the present moment and learn how to be self-aware when distractions arise. How can this apply to driving? In our increasingly distracted culture, distracted driving can be one of the greatest barriers to road safety. It can be very tempting to check your phone when it rings, but with mindfulness training, individuals might be more able to resist the urge and focus on the present moment.
While research seems to support the benefits of mindfulness, scientists are quick to caution about expecting too much.” What does the research support? Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in helping patients cope with chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are suffering from chronic pain, mindfulness training might be a good natural way to manage pain. If you are suffering from anxiety following a car crash, mindfulness has also been shown to have a moderately positive impact on anxiety. In the field of mental health, dramatic results are often rare, so even moderately positive results are quite meaningful, especially when you account for individual differences.
Beyond studies about anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, the benefits of mindfulness aren’t as studied. However, the field is still relatively young, and new studies are constantly being performed to evaluate the effectiveness on mindfulness.
According to the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the car can be a great place to practice mindfulness techniques. When driving, your attention can go nowhere else, driving can be stressful, and it leaves the brain open to something known as rumination. When ruminating, you might be more inclined to think about stressful things like upcoming work projects, your health, or other events that worry you. Mindfulness pulls the brain out of the worry cycle and keeps it focused on the present moment. Could this mean that drivers are less likely to pick up their phones while driving if they are mindful? Possibly. At the very least, mindful driving asks drivers to focus on the road, focus on sounds around them, and to feel the sensation of movement and speed, which can also make them more aware should they begin to reach or surpass the speed limit.
Imbriale Injury Law are car accident lawyers in Kennesaw, Georgia who see firsthand how accidents involving distracted driving can impact victims and families. Mindfulness might not only prevent accidents, but might be used by car accident survivors to help them manage their chronic pain. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you may be able to receive a recovery from negligent parties to explore your healing options. Visit our firm at https://imbrialeinjury.com/ to learn more.
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