The term "mindfulness" is about focusing on the moment. It is about embracing every moment of the day.
While being in the moment can be transformative, scientists still don't fully understand what happens in the brain when we practice mindfulness. What is known is just the tip of the iceberg.
Many studies have been done on mindfulness. The most widely recognised are:
Research indicates that mindfulness can help with the following:
Neuroplasticity means the brain is malleable and able to restructure itself by forming new neural connections.
One meta-analysis found 8 unique regions of the brain consistently changed in people experienced in meditation. These are:
Consistent changes were noticed as follows:
Some studies compared mindfulness therapies to medication.
While medication is often used to treat ADHD, its effects are usually short-term. The medicine also has side effects.
In a randomised controlled trial, researchers found that mindfulness instruction is a good choice for young people with ADHD. The study is focused on measures of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
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