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Practicar regularmente mindfulness tiene muchos beneficios.
 
Beneficios mindfulness meditación
 

 

Beneficios de la práctica de mindfulness.

Los principales beneficios comprobados científicamente (estudios en notas a pie de página):

  • Reducción del estrés. 1 Han podido medir menos cantidad de cortisol en sangre y mejora del sueño.2
  • Reducción de la presión arterial. Disminución de hipertensión3 menor presión arterial sistólica.4
  • Refuerza el sistema inmunológico, ayuda contra la lucha de resfriados, gripes y otras enfermedades.5
  • Menor cantidad de pensamientos obsesivos. Reducción rumiación6
  • Menor reactividad ante los acontecimientos.7 Menor actividad de la amígdala ante sonidos con carga emocional8
  • Aminora la irritabilidad 9, depresión10 y ansiedad.11
  • Reducción del dolor crónico.12
  • Mejora la concentración, la memoria.13
  • Aumenta la inteligencia emocional y empatía.14
  • Mejora las relaciones personales. Hay menos conflictos y los que hay importan menos. Las personas que meditan habitualmente disfrutan de unas relaciones de mayor calidad y más satisfactorias.15
  • Aumento de las emociones positivas.16

Las personas que meditan de manera habitual son más felices y están más satisfechos que la media.17


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  2. Brand S, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Naranjo JR, Schmidt S (2012). Influence of mindfulness practice on cortisol and sleep in long-term and short-term meditators. Neuropsychobiology. 2012;65(3):109-18. doi: 10.1159/000330362.
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