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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Got Anxiety? Mindful Meditation May Help

A bout of meditation may do wonders to minimize mind wandering, especially if you or someone you love is coping with anxiety or experiencing anxious thoughts, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. 

Researchers found that a mere 10 minutes of daily mindful meditation can reduce incidents of repetitive, off-task thinking, which is a hallmark of anxiety. The term mindfulness is often defined as purposefully paying attention to the present moment and without judgement.

This news is especially important considering that people’s minds wander about 50 percent of the time, according to a Harvard study. What’s more, anxious people, as well as those with depression, tend to get caught in the vicious thought cycle in which they hash and rehash what they have to do, what they didn’t do, whether someone is mad at them, and so on. 

"We 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," said Mengran Xu, a researcher and PhD candidate at Waterloo. "For people with anxiety, repetitive off-task thoughts can negatively affect their ability to learn, to complete tasks, or even function safely.”

Meditation for Addiction Recovery
In addition to helping people with anxiety gain greater focus, mindful meditation has been found to be a powerful tool in addiction recovery. A few of the benefits include: 
  • Fending off stress 
  • Identifying and fighting cravings
  • Having greater self-acceptance
  • Taming emotional turbulence
Help for a Dual Diagnosis
Are you or someone you love suffering from anxiety and a substance use disorder? Our addiction facility utilizes the latest clinical practices and state-of-the-art techniques to treat young adults with co-occurring disorders. At Red Oak Recovery, we believe in addressing issues in a simultaneous, holistic and integrated fashion. To learn more, call 866-831-9107.

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