The research indicates mindfulness meditating 25 minutes a day, for three days in a row, is able to alleviate stress in those who do it. This is great news for those who don’t have a lot of free time, and it goes against the conventional wisdom that in order to get stress relief results, one would need to spend a significant amount of time meditating each day.
With a large portion of the US population (over three-fourths of all Americans according to a study (PDF) by the American Psychological Association) indicating that they are under stress, the study may encourage more people to try and fight their stress with mindfulness mediation, since there isn’t a large time commitment needed. This is especially true since nearly half (48%) indicate the stress in their lives has a negative impact and influence on their daily life. If people realize doing an activity which takes less than half an hour a day can make a significant impact on the stress they feel, more might be willing to give it a try.
There are other benefits to this meditation beyond stress relief as well. Previous studies on mindfulness meditation can help improve people’s cognitive performance, improved concentration and better mental well-being. Studies have also indicated that those who practice this meditation show improved physical health.
Although the authors of the study plan to study the long-term benefit of mindfulness mediation in more detail in the future, their current results show people should consider adopting small amounts of meditation into their lives for the short-term benefits alone. While experts say meditation may not be an effective stress relief for every person, it should be considered an option for everyone to try, since the study shows there isn’t a long-term time commitment needed to find out.
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