Unlocking Mindfulness: Age-Specific Benefits for Mental Health

Mindfulness is often touted as a universal mental health solution, but recent research indicates its effectiveness varies by age. Some aspects of mindfulness benefit older adults more, while younger individuals may find it less effective. Personalized mindfulness practices could enhance well-being and improve mental health based on age-specific needs.


PTI | Burnaby | Updated: 03-06-2024 10:49 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 10:49 IST
Unlocking Mindfulness: Age-Specific Benefits for Mental Health
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Burnaby, Jun 3 (The Conversation) — In today's world, mindfulness is frequently discussed across various media platforms, often portrayed as a panacea for mental health woes. Studies do endorse mindfulness-based therapies for mental well-being, and personal anecdotes often highlight transformative experiences.

If you find mindfulness ineffective despite popular opinion, developmental psychology research may offer insights. A recent study discovered that the benefits of mindfulness aren't uniform across all ages. Specific aspects of mindfulness impact mental health differently at various life stages.

Researchers identified that older adults benefit from mindfulness aspects like acting with awareness and nonjudgment, correlating with better mental health. Conversely, younger individuals excel at observing but struggle with other mindfulness traits, leading to poorer mental outcomes. This finding suggests the need for tailored mindfulness practices to effectively enhance mental health and well-being. (The Conversation) GRS GRS

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