News Roundup: Mindfulness Practice Reduces Stress

A recently published study by Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center demonstrated the effect of mindfulness based training on stress and job related burnout for a group of nurses who work in the intensive care unit. The authors of the study suggest that since mindfulness helped reduce stress in such a high stress group as intensive care nurses, then it can likely help many others. 

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the benefits of practicing mindfulness on stress reduction.

Mindfulness-Based Intervention Could Reduce Stress By 40% For Nurses.  University Herald. "Researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that a workplace mindfulness-based intervention reduced stress levels of employees exposed to a highly stressful occupational environment by 40 percent. The eight-week intervention included mindfulness, gentle stretching, yoga, meditation and music conducted in the workplace."

3 scientific reasons mindfulness reduces stress.  WellBeing.  “Research from the University of Massachusetts now shows that if we meditate every day for at least 8 weeks, the brain actually changes to help us stress less. The amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved in the body’s stress response, shrinks. At the same time, the left pre-frontal cortex becomes thicker. This is the part of the brain that controls awareness, concentration and decision making.”

Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training. The Wall Street Journal. “Many New York schools are incorporating mindfulness training to help students handle stress and replacing lectures on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases with interactive sessions on life skills, such as communication and decision-making.  ‘For a long time the definition of success for our members was mainly focused on the academic part, but now the research is stressing the importance of developing these noncognitive skills.’”

This Mental Practice Can Lower Stress Levels, Even In The Intensive Care Unit.  Huffington Post.  “'What's stressful about the work environment is never going to change,' Dr. Maryanna Klatt, a professor of family medicine at Ohio State and one of the study's lead authors, said in a statement. 'But what we were interested in changing was the nursing personnel's reaction to those stresses.'"

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