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Mindfulness Meditation is scientifically proven to help us deal with our working life with more patience, awareness and presence.

Through research scientists are discovering how practising mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and mental health as well as positive changes in attitudes & behaviour.

Originally introduced by Buddha to his followers to aid & increase concentration & wisdom.   Now several thousand years later with the backing of research, major companies are bringing this essential training to their staff.

Mindfulness Training  can be likened as ‘A Gym for the Mind’

Let’s take a closer look at the research behind the benefits.

Our Physical Health

Scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques helps improve physical health

• Treat heart disease:
Results suggest that the Mindfuless program was effective in reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms, perceived stress, BP (High blood pressure) and BMI in patients with Coronary Heart Disease

• Lower blood pressure
Blood pressure is effectively lowered by mindfulness-based stress reduction for patients with borderline high blood pressure or ‘hypertension’ according to new research:

• Reduce chronic pain
Study findings provide the first indication that a mindfulness-oriented intervention may reduce pain AB (attentional Bias) among adults suffering from chronic pain

• Improve sleep
A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night.

Study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement.
“People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress,”

• Alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
Participation in Mindfulness training is associated with improvement IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome)-related quality of life and GI (GastroIntestinal)-specific anxiety.

• Help cancer patients
Sleep troubles — including insomnia and disturbed sleep — are a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatment, affecting as many as 59 percent of patients. A new study shows that mindfulness training is effective at decreasing symptoms of insomnia in these people.

It lessens the effect of colds

MENTAL HEALTH
Mindfulness meditation is now being used an important element in the treatment of a number of mental health issues:

• Help to relieve stress
Research published in July 2013 in the journal Health Psychology shows that Mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked with decreased level of stress hormone cortisol.

• Depression
On 6th January 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a ground breaking study that found that meditation appears to provide as much relief from some anxiety and depression symptoms as antidepressant.

• Eating disorders
Mindfulness can help treat eating disorders

• Relationship issues
Meditation could benefit people we interact with by making us more compassionate, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science.
Researchers from Northeastern and Harvard universities found that meditation is linked with more virtuous, “do-good” behavior.

• Anxiety Disorders
A review of 47 clinical trials involving more than 3,500 participants with mild anxiety or depression found that those who took mindfulness meditation classes experienced improvement in mood after eight weeks — on par with the effect seen with prescription medications

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Researchers have discovered that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them by hating them and trying to avoid them.

IMPROVED WELL-BEING

• Feel happier
Focusing on the present moment makes us happier

• Better performance in tests and concentration
Mindfulness training may help to boost test scores and improve working memory, according to a new study in Psychology Science

 

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