Time to breathe in and breathe out.
A recent study out of Brown University found that mindfulness meditation, in which the practitioners focus on attending to the present moment without judgement, may have a greater effect on women.
The study looked at 77 undergraduate students taking a 12-week course on mindfulness that featured 30 minutes of meditation three times per week. Compared with men, women showed greater decreases in negative affect (including emotions like guilt or irritability) and greater increases in mindfulness and self-compassion. Moreover, for women, decreases in negative affect were significantly correlated with improvements in mindfulness and self-compassion.
If one of your new year’s resolutions was to improve your overall mental health, mindfulness meditation may be the perfect place to start.