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.