Chances are most of us have been told to “relax.” But as nice an idea as it is to walk out on that highly demanding job and book a red-eye to a tranquil rainforest retreat, the reality of ditching the daily grind and trading it in for a moment of respite is slim. Instead, research proves that there’s magic in the growing trend of mindfulness, with just 10 minutes of pausing proving to be effective in helping you combat anxious thoughts.
In a study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, the participants who meditated for short periods of time found it easier to focus on their present setting instead of fretting on their internal thoughts.
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The first author of the study, Mengran Xu, said of it: “Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals. We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.”
Megran Xu also stated: “Mind wandering accounts for nearly half of any person’s daily stream of consciousness.” So, if your thinking habits are running circles around you, allocating just 10 minutes and enlisting the help of apps like Buddhify and Headspace could be your sure bet to finding a small piece of zen each day.
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