An hour may be all it takes to lower anxiety for a full week!

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A recent study showed that a single hour of mindfulness practice offered mental health benefits for a week among adults who struggle with anxiety. Over the course of an hour, participants were guided through an introductory meditation, did a body scan (a mindfulness practice in which you pay attention to different parts of your body), and then meditated. Afterward, they reported lower levels of anxiety, and these effects persisted a week later. Caveat: This study was very small, with only 14 people. More research is necessary to see how this type of longer, once-a-week meditation session compares with a more-frequent meditation practice, whose benefits have been shown in numerous studies.  A walk in the woods, a weekly yoga class, a 3-minute breathing exercise…it can all contribute to peace of mind and good health.

Source: Meditation Could Help Anxiety and Cardiovascular Health

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” Jon Kanat-Zinn

 

Posted on August 10, 2018 and filed under wellness.