It’s already known that long-term meditation improves concentration, attention, mood, and stress levels. But what about those of us who just do it for a few days here and there? Does that help us focus our attention, limit mental chatter, or improve functioning? Or is it something we would have to keep up for months/years before it would be of any help?
Good news! This study just came out showing that short-term meditation (4 days for 20 minutes/day) has measurable benefits.
They looked at 65 people with no prior meditation experience, splitting them into two groups: one group did mindfulness meditation for four day (20 minutes/day), while the control group listened to The Hobbit on audiotape.
The meditation group had the following benefits when compared with controls:
- Decreased fatigue
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved attention
- Improved working memory
- Improved executive functioning
It's nice to know that even if I don't sit and meditate every day, at least a little is still helpful.