Yoga, tai chi, meditation improve veterans’ mental, physical health

Good News Notes: “A combination of yoga, tai chi and meditation was linked to significant mental and physical health improvements among veterans, according to study results published in Medical Care. ‘Deployment in the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom wars led to increased musculoskeletal pain and decreased mental and physical health functioning among many returning…

How Are Mindfulness, Stress and Your Well-Being Connected?

Good News Notes: “Recently I came across two new, unrelated studies that together provide new evidence about the impact of mindfulness practice.  One looked at the potential impact of being “in the moment” when you’re facing stressful problems or challenges that often arise in daily life—perhaps even more so, now, during the pandemic.  Does it…

Can mindfulness beat addiction? Research being done for more holistic practices

Good News Notes: “Researchers analyzed 6,400 people taking opioids for a variety of reasons, including chronic pain. They found moderate to large improvements for people who added meditation, hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy to their daily routines.” Read the whole story here: http://weartv.com/news/local/can-mindfulness-beat-addiction-research-being-done-for-more-holistic-practices

Mindfulness linked to acceptance and self-compassion in response to stressful experiences

Good News Notes: A study recently published in the journal Emotion provides new insight into the relationship between mindfulness and coping with stress. The findings indicate that accepting stressful experiences is associated with one’s propensity to experience positive emotions. “We were interested in learning more about why mindfulness might be a helpful resource for stress management —…

Mindfulness training may lower blood pressure

Good News Notes: “There is anecdotal evidence that meditation and mindfulness training may be able to reduce high blood pressure and hypertension. However, clinical confirmation of these claims has been scarce until last month, when researchers published a new study in the journal PLOS One. The authors report the results of a Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP)…

Time To Think: Students Find Meditation, Mindfulness Help Them Calm Stress

Good News Notes: “At George Washington High School in Denver, in the dance room, a couple of dozen students sit in chairs in a half-circle, silent, feet on the floor, eyes closed. Instructor Beverly Jacobson speaks softly.” “It’s Mindful Monday, a new part of the students’ physical education class where Jacobson uses the Inner Strength…

Chronic Pain Eased With Meditation And Lower Doses Of Opioids

Good News Notes: “There’s new evidence that mind-body interventions can help reduce pain in people who have been taking prescription opioids — and lead to reductions in the drug’s dose.” “In a study published this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reviewed evidence from 60 studies that included about 6,400 participants. They evaluated a range of…

Growga wants to teach kids techniques to combat anxiety

 Good News Notes: “The National Survey of Children’s Health for ages 6 to 17 similarly found a 20% increase in diagnoses of anxiety between 2007 and 2012.” Children are facing increasing pressure to get good grades and a world of social media that doesn’t allow someone to simply leave the problems of the day at…