Mindfulness practice helps reduce stress. The followings are excerpt from a Duke University article on mindfulness.
Breath and Being: Mindfulness for Stress Management
An important component of recovery and prevention for cardiac patients is stress management. One powerfully effective technique taught by Jessica Psujek, a health counselor at Duke, is mindfulness meditation.
“People can use the technique to better manage or cope with the stressors in their life,” Psujek says. The practice facilitates relaxation and has been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate.
Mindfulness meditation means tuning into the present moment and its accompanying sensations. One is aware of thoughts and emotions without being overwhelmed by them.
Psujek defines it as, “Careful, open-hearted, present-moment awareness. So often our thoughts are taking us to past events or worries of the future, our plans and to-do lists, and we lose that present-moment awareness.”
Psujek presides over weekly mindfulness meditation sessions for people enrolled in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. In the dimly lit Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus, participants lie down on mats or seat themselves comfortably on chairs or the floor….
source: duke Health