Stress is killing you—so how do you reduce it, quickly?
According to a study published in Psychoneuroendocinology, you may need as little as twenty-five minutes of mindfulness meditation a day to reduce stress—which is handy, because it also improves your decision making and cures wandering attention.
Researchers had sixty-six healthy young adults participate in a three-day experiment. Some were trained in mindfulness meditation, practicing twenty-five minutes a day for three days. A second group did a cognitive training program.
Following the programs, participants did stressful speech and math tests and had saliva samples taken for cortisol, a hormone that indicates stress. The participants who practiced mindfulness meditation were more resilient to stress.
“When you initially learn mindfulness mediation practices, you have to cognitively work at it – especially during a stressful task,” said J David Creswell, one of the study’s authors. “And, these active cognitive efforts may result in the task feeling less stressful, but they may also have physiological costs with higher cortisol production.”
The good news for you’re an your killer stress levels is that mindfulness meditation is easy to learn—so sign up for quick class today.