- Meditation promotes mental well-being
Various studies have shown that meditation reduces stress, anxiety and the risk of depression. For example, in a Belgian study of 400 young people aged 13 to 20, those who followed a mindfulness programme showed fewer signs of depression, anxiety and stress than others up to six months later. These young people were less likely to develop depressive symptoms. In 2014, a review of 36 randomised controlled trials showed that meditation can reduce anxiety symptoms.
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Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on your sensations, breathing, emotions and thoughts without making value judgements. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts. It is used in the workplace, in hospitals and with children.
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