A new study has found mindfulness meditation could reduce the impact of stress on the workplace.
Key points:The study found mindfulness was an effective stress management tool to reduce stress in Australia and around the worldThe study was based on data from a large sample of Australian workers, with a focus on workplace stress managementThe researchers say the findings are encouraging, but caution against a blanket ban on mindfulness meditationThe study analysed more than 100,000 workers across the United States and Europe, and compared it with similar studies from the past.
The researchers found that mindfulness meditation was an efficient stress management technique, reducing stress by 40 per cent.
“This is a pretty remarkable finding,” said Dr Paul Coker, the lead author of the study from the University of California, Irvine.
“It suggests mindfulness meditation can be a successful stress management strategy.”
While the study didn’t directly compare mindfulness with other stress management strategies, the researchers say it does provide evidence that mindfulness can be effective in helping employees to cope with stress.
“Mindfulness is a very effective stress reduction tool,” Dr Coker said.
“In the workplace, stress is a big concern.”
Many of us have a hard time managing stress at work, and it’s not easy to do so.
“There are lots of different stress management techniques out there and mindfulness is one of the most effective.”
The researchers did not look at how much mindfulness meditation a person was already doing.
“Our aim was to find out how effective a stress management intervention would be if people already had some mindfulness practice and were using it to reduce their stress,” Dr Margo Ebert from the Australian National University said.
But, while the study found meditation was effective in reducing stress, it also found mindfulness had its own downsides.
“The key takeaway is that it’s important to be careful about how you use it, as it may cause negative effects in the long term,” Dr Ebert said.
The study used data from over 100,001 workers across two countries.
It compared stress management practices that involved mindfulness meditation to those that involved traditional stress management approaches.
It looked at data from more than 1.3 million workers in Australia, and over 1.6 million in the United Kingdom.
It found that people who practiced mindfulness meditation were more likely to reduce overall stress levels, and to be happier.
“We found that having a better understanding of the stress responses of people, and how they can reduce their risk of suffering from stress, could help reduce stress and improve overall health,” Dr Martin Poon from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said.
He added that it was important to stress management practitioners to be aware of the negative effects of mindfulness meditation.
“When people try mindfulness meditation, they are not doing anything specific.
It’s just an idea that comes up.”
But it’s very easy to fall into a trap where you try it and you find it’s actually not that effective,” Dr Poon said.
Dr Coker added that mindfulness is a powerful tool, and he suggested it could be an effective tool for workers with a wide range of different health concerns.”
You can get a really good idea of how people with health issues are feeling by looking at their stress and their levels of stress,” he said.
However, Dr Cokers caution against widespread widespread use of mindfulness as a stress reduction technique.”
I don’t think there should be widespread use by employers of mindfulness in the workplace,” he explained.”
Some people might find it beneficial, but we need to be really careful about it.
“As with any other stress-reduction strategy, we have to be very careful with the evidence that’s out there, because it’s difficult to do a systematic study.”