Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.

The psychological flexibility model: a basis for integration and progress in psychological approaches to chronic pain management
This scientific article offers an easy to grasp overview of how theoretical models of chronic pain treatments are evaluated, with an emphasis on the psychological flexibility model.

Psychological therapies for the management of chronic pain
See this comparison of four different approaches to self-manage chronic pain: operant-behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Mindfulness-based meditation helps teenagers with cancer
Teens with cancer face anxiety and the anticipation of emotional pain. Mindfulness-based interventions, like meditation, can lessen such psychological pain.

How your brain works during meditation
Concentrative meditation suppresses most thoughts, while nondirective meditation allows the mind to wander freely. The difference in brain activity between these two techniques is remarkable.

War and Peace (of Mind): Mindfulness training for military could help them deal with stress
This study at a Marine base camp shows that mindfulness training could help soldiers prevent or treat PTSD, depression and anxiety.