What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness involves intentional and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on emotions, thoughts and sensations that are occurring in the present moment. The aim is to open awareness to present experiences, whether positive or negative, allowing thoughts to come and go without reacting, and accepting oneself and the experience.

What is the evidence for mindfulness?

Moderate quality evidence finds medium-sized improvements in depression and anxiety, but no consistent improvements in mania symptoms with mindfulness-based interventions in pre-post treatment assessments. There may also be improvements in mindfulness ability, stress, and emotion regulation following treatment. However, moderate to low quality evidence finds no differences in symptoms when mindfulness-based interventions were compared to usual treatment.

November 2021

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Last updated at: 3:21 pm, 8th November 2021
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