The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mindfulness training decreases anxiety levels
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed impressive results for anxious people. The study revealed that mindfulness training decreased anxiety levels equal to certain anti-anxiety medications.
The simple definition of mindfulness is being fully aware and focused in the present moment while practicing nonjudgment and acceptance of what is occurring. This ancient practice, which began about 2,500 years ago, is a great training for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression in modern day times.
Stress hijacks you from truly being present in everyday life. Perhaps your roles and responsibilities impact your concentration abilities. Maybe your phone has become a regular source of distraction with its constant beckoning and its “bells and whistles.”
Some people are confused about what mindfulness is. This is a combination of practices (like meditation) and principles (ways of being in the world). When you train your brain and nervous system to be more mindful through practices and principles, you will feel greater ease, peace and joy in your life. Research shows it also strengthens resilience, builds confidence and energizes you. It also enhances your immune system functioning.
You don’t have to live in a cave or visit a mountaintop to practice. You don’t even need to practice for hours at a time. Just a few minutes each day will allow you to gain traction. Connecting to your breath, body and the present moment is the practice. When you do this consistently, you experience profound results. Before you know it, you will be mindful without conscious effort and enjoy the immense benefits it offers.