Mindfulness is a type of meditation where a person focuses their mind only on the present. The goal is to be aware of one’s thoughts and actions in the present, without judgment.
A study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison points to mindfulness mediation being more effective at reducing inflammatory symptoms than other stress reducing activities that do not incorporate mindfulness.
The unique study was designed to control for other therapeutic approaches. Melissa Rosenkranz, assistant scientist and study’s lead author states, “The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes, whenever they need.”
Mindfulness meditation can also improve mood, decrease stress, and boost immune function.