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Free CE Course Spotlight: Mindfulness and Pandemic-Related Stress (1 CE)

Mindfulness-based interventions have been developed for use with college students, but research on the effectiveness of these interventions is limited. The present study explored the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based group therapy intervention for helping undergraduates cope with COVID-19-related stress. This intervention, Koru Mindfulness (KM), was administered to students across four weekly sessions. A second group of students who did not participate in KM served as controls. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, students who participated in KM showed increases in mindfulness and self-compassion, but no change in emotional distress, while control group students showed no changes in mindfulness and self-compassion but increases in stress and anxiety. Further analyses indicated that the benefits of KM were related to how much participants increased in mindfulness. These findings have clinical implications for the use of mindfulness-based interventions among college students and other young adults.

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Mindfulness for the Lonely

 

In 1996, Eric Carmen sang, “All by myself, don’t want to be all by myself.” Most of us would agree that life is better with a few close friends. Mindfulness is one tool that can help us cut through the isolating thoughts that plague us. Mindfulness calms our nervous system and gives us room to see more options than we normally see.

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Free CE Course Spotlight: Mindfulness and Meditation Research

Mindfulness is an umbrella term that is used to characterize a large number of practices, processes, and characteristics that are primarily defined relative to the capacities of attention, awareness, memory/retention, and acceptance/discernment. Mindfulness has achieved wide-ranging cross-discipline popularity with the passage of time in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, and neuroscience. Problems and challenges associated with mindfulness include misinformation, related definition difficulties, and poor historical study methodologies. Researchers recommend a prescriptive agenda with a focus on assessment, possible adverse effects, and mindfulness training.

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Young people’s mental health is getting worse but mindfulness training isn’t the answer, large UK study suggests

There is a crisis in teen mental health, and schools in many countries are exploring different ways to make young people more resilient.

However, a UK-based research project, the largest of its kind on the subject, has suggested mindfulness training in schools might be a dead end – at least as a universal, one-size-fits-all approach.

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