The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress by Jill Suttie (Berkeley Article) Ellie

In modern times, when one deals with stress they often turn to the easiest solution of medication. And while others use the practice of mindfulness as well as using prescriptions in order to improve their mental health, one of the most important factors of mindfulness and acceptance.

It is important while learning to practice mindfulness that you are in fact, mindful; aware of what the practices you do and how they are beneficial to you.

For this article, researchers conducted a study on 137 students over an 8 week period in an MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) in which the students were taught to pay attention to the present moment, with an accepting mindset. The course included lessons where the subjects were taught to be mindful of their breathing and “body sensations.” They were instructed which foods they should eat for a better mindset, as well as being told to take “mindful walks” and to continue these practices outside of the course.

“Learning how to accept your present-moment experience is really important for reducing stress,” says Emily Lindsay, one of the study’s coauthors. “It seems to be a key element of mindfulness training.”

being mindful and accepting allows us to have a “non-judgmental” perception of ourselves. So not only do these practices help with stress, but being aware in the present moment can also be beneficial if you are someone who’s mind tends to wander easily.

they show reductions in systolic blood pressure, the stress hormone cortisol, and feelings of stress in a stressful situation. Her recent study adds to these results by monitoring participants daily, helping to show that acceptance makes a difference in everyday life situations and not just in the laboratory.

Suttie, Jill. “The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress.” The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress, 8 Oct. 2019, p. 1.

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