Has Holistic Stress-Reducing Effects

meditation-image-112A study at West Virginia University in Morgantown published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that mindfulness training performed in a community setting has overall stress-reducing effects on participants’ physical and mental health. The study was the first of its kind to be performed on people who report being “stressed out” but have not been formally diagnosed with anxiety or another type of psychiatric disorder. Researchers found that after participating in a 3-month mindfulness meditation program, the majority of participants had an average 54% decrease in the distress they experienced related to stress. Subjects also experienced a 46% drop in medical symptoms after completing the study.