Meditation helps us fight anxiety and stress. But many do not even try because they imagine need a lot of time for this. Now a new study reveals that to access its benefits, it only takes a few minutes.
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Got a tough job to tackle?
Take 10 minutes to meditate first.
The tip comes from a new study from the University of Waterloo (Canada).
Meditating has the power to help anxious people focus and finish work.
The explanation is from the author, Dr. Mengran Xu.
"If you're anxious and doing something that requires a lot of attention, a short 10 minute meditation can help."
How long does the effect last?
The scientist guarantees 40 minutes to an hour of sharp focus.
To reach this conclusion, a test was conducted with 82 people.
All had to complete a task that required attention.
As people worked on the task, they were interrupted at random times.
Each time, they were asked what they were thinking.
In the end, the participants were separated into two groups.
One group did a breathing meditation for 10 minutes.
The other group listened to an audiobook “The Hobbit” for the same amount of time.
Then everyone had to do another task that required attention.
As a result, those who meditated did not lose attention.
And they performed the task better than the people who listened to the audiobook.
People who practice meditation have their attention entirely on the present moment.
"So we proved that in our experiment people had a shift of focus to the here and now."
The study was published in the scientific journal Consciousness and Cognition.
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