Mindfulness Training Lowers Stress
A study by psychology researchers at the University of Washington showed that teaching mindfulness and coping techniques to teens and young adults can help lower stress and improve emotional well-being. The results show the potential for preventive mental health services offered in an accessible, peer-group environment. Academic demands, financial pressures, social tumult and, especially among first-year students, the transition to campus life affect student mental health. The University used the REAL (Resilient Attitudes and Living) programme with traditional cognitive behaviour coping strategies such as planning, positive reframing and acceptance-with mindfulness practices focused on regulating breathing, meditation and accessing feelings of compassion, tolerance and gratitude toward oneself and others.