“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”, a quote on mindfulness by Buddha. The past, especially filled with trauma, is a scary place which can cause stress in the present. Even though there is no cure for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), quality of life can most definitely be improved.
Marzabadi and Zadeh conducted an experimental study, in which 28 warfare victems and veterans with PTSD, experiencing a low quality of life, followed eight sessions of mindfulness trainings to see if this improved their quality of life. Participants were tested three times on their quality of life, pre-training, post-training and delayed post-training to see ho wit changed over time. These results were tested with the control group that received no training, showing significant differences and thus suggesting that mindfulness training can improve the quality of life.
This research supports the claim that mindfulness and positive psychology about living in the present and focusing on the positive aspects of it, help with medical conditions; both mental and physical. This knowledge is useful in the current pandemic, especially for healthcare workers dealing with death and stress on a daily basis. Mindfulness would help them recover from their traumatic dealing of the day.
Be in the present, be awake, be mindful and quality will go up!
Azad Marzabadi, E., & Hashemi Zadeh, S. M. (2014). The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Training in Improving the Quality of Life of the War Victims with Post Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Iranian journal of psychiatry, 9(4), 228–236.