Study finds that mindfulness does not actively reduce stress

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ISLAMABAD, December 3 (online): A recent study finds no physiological indication that mindfulness actually helps people remain calm when they are stressed.
Although many people believe that mindfulness can help reduce stress, a new study from the University of Buffalo (UB) in New York suggests that it provides little or no benefit when individuals are coping with active stressors.
Measurements of cardiovascular activity suggest that people who practice mindfulness continue to “sweat the small stuff” during periods of stress.
The research suggests that mindfulness may offer other benefits, but helping people remain calm and composed during stressful events is not one of them.
Saltsman describes mindfulness as focusing one’s attention on the present moment, putting the past and future out of mind while maintaining a neutral, nonjudgmental attitude.
People can develop mindfulness through training and continued practice.
The study investigated the physiological response to stress of people who consider themselves to be mindful. These people described a general sense of well-being and an ability to manage stress and not dwell on past events.
“Although those benefits seem unambiguous,” says Saltsman, “the specific ways in which mindfulness should impact people’s psychological experiences during stress remain unclear.”
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