University of North Carolina researchers discovered that practicing meditation can help alleviate pain perception. Participants practiced mindfulness meditation, which emphasizes relaxation techniques to create a more relaxed and stress-free state of mind. After practicing mindfulness meditation for three consecutive days, participants reported less pain when administered experimental pain stimuli than they had reported before beginning the program. Practicing mindfulness meditation helped lower participants’ anxiety and stress levels, affecting their reactions to the pain stimuli. Mindfulness meditation improves individuals’ ability to sustain personal focus, which can help alleviate the feeling of pain. By creating a relaxed state of mind, participants were better able to control their pain reactions.