The study was conducted by researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the National College of Natural Medicine, and reported in the Open Medicine Journal.
When the 500 participants in the study ranked their preference for receiving instruction, the Internet was rated as the first choice format (by 43 percent) followed by in-person individual training (38 percent) and lastly in-person group instruction (20 percent).
“Group mindfulness-based formats have many benefits,” the study’s authors noted in their paper. “The group format usually costs less than individual therapy because one therapist can see many patients in a session. Groups can also provide motivation and synergistic learning opportunities for the participants.
“Meeting other people with similar or other issues can give the participants a wider perspective on their own situation and allow them to see how others handle their problems. Participants can provide encouragement and emotional support for each other instilling a sense of camaraderie.”
But, the researchers added, “The most prevalent pro response for the Internet format was that it was convenient and easier.”
Group mindfulness meditation interventions have improved symptoms in many physical and mental health conditions, the study’s authors noted. But, added OHSU assistant professor Dr. Helané Wahbeh, in a conversation with eMindful, “So many people who want and would benefit from mindfulness meditation training do not ever receive it because of schedules, location, and / or an aversion to being in live groups.
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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently published their research in the journal Psychological Science that shows that Twitter can indicate a community’s psychological health and can predict rates of heart disease.
Analysing the text in millions of Tweets from one country, they found that tweets containing negative emotions such as anger, stress and fatigue, were associated with higher heart disease risk in that country. On the other hand, positive emotions like excitement and optimism were associated with lower risk.
So what you say and how you say it, is an indicator of how likely you are to die from heart disease. When applied to a whole country, the results are more accurate than other national indicators.
“A cross-sectional regression model based only on Twitter language predicted atherosclerotic heart disease (AHD) mortality significantly better than did a model that combined 10 common demographic, socioeconomic, and health risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.” the researchers reported.
This is not to suggest that negative Tweets cause heart disease, but rather negative feelings, expressed on social media, are symptoms of stress and anxiety, which in turn increase the risk of heart disease.
But still – don’t be a hater: it’s bad for your health!
It’s hardly a “bandwagon” when it has been proven to be effective. Even within this article that questions whether mindfulness is just another fad, they report: ‘A study of computer-based knowledge workers suggested that it makes you better at serial-tasking, “permitting people both to concentrate more deeply and to switch between objects of attention more fluidly” ‘.
And Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) for people who have had three or more episodes of depression.
“Businesses on the mindfulness bandwagon” – Financial Times
The practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) involves paying attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations in the present moment in a non-judgmental and non-reactive manner through mindfulness exercises such as breathing awareness.
“MBSR significantly reduces fasting glucose and improves quality of life without changing body weight or insulin resistance. Increased mindfulness and reduced stress may lead to physiological changes in the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and/or sympathetic nervous system that result in lower glucose levels.” said Nazia Raja-Khan, assistant professor of medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology at the Penn State College of Medicine in the US.
“In overweight and obese women, stress may contribute to increased diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Raja-Khan added.
Dr. Raja-Khan and her colleagues conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial of 86 overweight or obese women who were similar in age and body mass index. The women who received eight weeks of MBSR experience reported reduced stress and their fasting glucose dropped significantly, the findings showed. They also reported improvement in sleep, depression, anxiety, overall psychological distress and quality of life. The results were presented at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego
“Given the increasing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, this study is particularly relevant to the general public, as it demonstrates that stress management, specifically with mindfulness-based interventions such as MBSR, may be beneficial for reducing perceived stress and blood glucose and improving quality of life in overweight or obese women,” said Raja-Khan. “This research supports the integration of mindfulness-based interventions with conventional medical approaches to obesity and diabetes prevention and treatment.”[su_divider top=”no”]
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