No More Excuses: Even Small Amounts of Meditation Can Relieve Stress

Study: 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation can relieve stress
Most of us have heard meditation can be a great way to achieve stress relief. The problem is most people don’t want to spend months training, and hours a day meditating, to get that stress relief. For those who have considered meditation in the past, but balked due to the time commitment involved, you might want to take another look. A new study published in the Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology indicates that even small amounts of meditation can have a huge and powerful impact on the reduction of stress in a person.

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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7 Responses to No More Excuses: Even Small Amounts of Meditation Can Relieve Stress

  1. Penny says:

    I don’t understand why more people don’t do this. Not matter how stressful my life becomes, meditation always seems to help. I would highly recommend it to anybody who feels their life is stressful. It’s a great way to put things into perspective and just relax from all the stresses the world offers.

  2. ben bona says:

    Trying to meditate is causing me more stress than I have ever endured.

  3. The fascinating thing about meditation after having done 3 hours or more a day for more than 30 years is that the brain cannot remember how great it is. It has no memory of the experience and so when you are upset, it is the last thing you want to do to alleviate the stress. That being said, once you actually get down to doing it, which routine helps, it is truly blissful and makes you feel very refreshed.

  4. gail says:

    I thought that meditation was a bunch of hocus-pocus until I finally spent some time trying it myself. It’s not for everyone, but there is something calming about it for a lot of people who have stress in their lives. I think it’s good to just have some quiet time to yourself, and that’s what meditation is able to bring to me.

  5. Poqer says:

    I’m gonna go sit in the middle of the road and meditate now, i’m sure the benefits i’ll experience for a few minutes before I die will be worth it.

  6. When I felt that I was totally stressed out, all I did is a quick meditation. I had read in some article that having a quick meditation will totally be a big help for us to be refreshed and release stress.

  7. Zakee says:

    Having been a Muslim for many years bowing and prostrating 5 times throughout the day, I can certainly bear witness that peaceful meditation is a wonderful stress reliever-especially during the early morning hours of tranquility and quiet. All the prophets and messengers of G-d knew this thousands of years ago, as they are recorded to have “fell on their faces” in peaceful prayer and meditation.

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