Just like physical training improves physical health, there is a growing body of research that indicates that mindfulness training improves mental health. In a University of Pennsylvania led study, Marines who received Mindfulness Training before deployment to Iraq saw improvements in mood and working memory. Improved working memory leads to better complex thought, problem solving and cognitive control of emotions. Mindfulness training also improved functioning in high stress situations.
“The program emphasized integrating mindfulness exercises, like focused attention on the breath and mindful movement, into pre-deployment training. These mindfulness skills were to regulate symptoms in the body and mind following an experience of extreme stress. The importance of regularly engaging in mindfulness exercises was also emphasized. Are really useful and are emphasized in martial arts training as muay thai that help training the mind and body.
This study was published in the journal Emotion and also featured in the most recent edition of Joint Force Quarterly, the advisory journal for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was funded by the John W. Kluge Foundation and the Department of Defense.
For more on the study go to http://www.physorg.com/news185466556.html.
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Multitasking vs. Mindfulness: the Impact on Your Stress.
You Can’t Stop the Waves, but You Can Learn to Surf ~Jon Kabat Zinn.
Mindfulness, the practice of focusing on just one thing, means to simply experience the moment while excluding worries, self-doubts, and distractions. In our demanding, fractured, multi-tasking world the psychological benefits of mindfulness are intuitive, but can it really have benefits for productivity, memory and physical health? A review of studies on mindfulness intervention and health benefits found just that.
Both physical and psychological functioning improves with mindfulness intervention. In fact, improvement was so widespread as to indicate that mindfulness training enhances everyday coping with stress and disability.
What is Mindfulness Based Intervention?
The construct of mindful awareness originated in early Buddhist practice, but as taught in Mindfulness seminars is a non-religious, participatory and practical program focused on guided mindfulness meditation, and enhancing awareness of everyday life. Moment to moment awareness must be cultivated with a nonjudgmental attitude.
Mindfulness Training can assist you with:
• More fluid adaptation to change and development of more effective coping strategies
• Lasting decreases in a variety of stress-related physical symptoms, including chronic pain
• More accepting attitude toward life and its challenges
• Improved concentration and creativity
• Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
Some studies and reviews of the literature on Mindfulness and it's benefits include:
The construct of mindfulness
Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits A meta-analysis
A Randomized, Wait-List Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effect of a …