Mindful breathing [MB] may reduce negative reactions to repetitive thoughts more effectively than practices such as progressive muscle relaxation [PMR] or loving-kindness meditation [/fitness-library/loving-kindness-meditation-nurtures-positive-feelings] [LKM], according to a study published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy (2010; doi10.1016/j.brat.2010.06.006).newsletter_teaser: Mindful breathing may reduce negative reactions to repetitive thoughts more effectively than practices such as progressive muscle relaxation or loving-kindness meditation, according to a study published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy. The study was an effort to understand why mindfulness-based interventions are helpful in reducing feelings of stress and increasing positive feelings of well-being.
Researchers from Simmons College in Boston and Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, decided to test whether mindful breathing has a unique effect on "decentering"
Tai chi is becoming more mainstream, as evidenced by an unlikely addition to the auto industry: Motors.co.uk, a website dedicated to selling cars, is promoting the ancient Chinese practice to relieve stress. The site features an online video of 10 tai chi–inspired exercises that can be done sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, while it is stationary. Dean Hodgkin, a former world karate champion, demonstrates and cues the exercise series, which begins with “CARdio chill out.”
More effort should be made to apply meditation practice in clinical and medical educational settings that are practical, effective and meaningful, according to a review of research and practices published in Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice (2010; 37, , 81–90). Lead author Luke Fortney, MD, department of family medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, wrote, “Meditation is now widely known and accepted as a beneficial mind-body practice by the general public and in the scientific community.”
Have you or has your
facility offered any workshops or classes
on breathing exercises or pranayama? If yes, how were the programs structured and how were they received?Share your examples with editor Sandy Todd Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress can adversely affect depression and anxiety disorders, heart disease, autoimmune disorders and other chronic medical conditions. The impact of stress on health seems to differ between men and women. In seeking to understand why, scientists have
determined that women
and men respond differently to stress, according to a small study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience (2010; 30 , 431–38).
Children experience stress even if they don’t have all
the responsibilities of adults. Adverse experiences in childhood can impact both short- and long-term health. According to the Nemours Foundation, sources of
childhood stress include
A 3-day mindfulness meditation program reduced pain ratings and anxiety scores for young adults with no prior meditation training, according to a small study published in The Journal of Pain (2009; doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2009.07.015). What is important about this study is that researchers showed improvements in mindfulness and pain reduction after only three consecutive 20-minute training sessions.
Significant numbers of college students lose sleep
because of personal and academic stress, according
to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent
Health (2009;doi:10.1016/j.adohealth.2009.06.016). Researchers conducted a survey of 1,125 college students aged 17–24 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The survey included questions related to sleep habits, academic performance, physical health and drug use.