10 Minutes of meditation may help an anxious person, study finds
A study conducted by the University of Waterloo found that performing 10 minutes of daily conscious meditation can help lessen anxiety.
The study, which evaluated the impact of meditation with 82 participants who have anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training can have protective effects in the minds of anxious individuals," said Mengran Xu. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training can have protective effects in the minds of anxious individuals," said Mengran Xu , a researcher and doctoral candidate in Waterloo. "We also find that the practice of meditation seems to help anxious people shift their attention from their own inner concerns to the external world of the present moment, which allows them to focus better on a task at hand."
The term mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention in the present moment, and without judgment.
As part of the study, participants were asked to perform a task on a computer while undergoing disruptions, in order to divert the focus. The researchers then placed the participants in two randomized groups. One of the groups needed to hear a story while.
When the groups returned to their primary tasks, the scientists realized that those who did not meditate had a harder time getting back on their feet.
"The wandering mind accounts for almost half of every person's daily flow of consciousness," Xu said. For people with anxiety, repetitive thoughts can negatively affect their ability to learn and complete tasks. The study, co-authored by Waterloo psychology professors Christine Purdon and Daniel Smilek and Paul Seli of Harvard University, was published in Consciousness and Cognition.
"This is the first time the number has been calculated.We did not know how big this number it was before the study, "says researcher Kevin Hall, PhD of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, in the United States, who seeks to understand how the body responds to weight loss.
The researcher discovered the body of the participants was struggling with weight loss, leading them to eat more to offset the deficit. If a person who normally eats about 2,700 calories a day loses about 4kg, the body will try to make him eat about 400 calories more than they were before - a total of 3,100 calories per day.
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