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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Stress reduction strategies based on mindfulness, the practice of focusing on the present moment, help lower blood pressure among people who are on the brink of hypertension, according to a new study. Researchers from Kent State University found that people with prehypertension, meaning they have borderline high blood pressure that does not yet necessitate medication, had decreases in their blood pressure measurements after undergoing weekly sessions to learn mindfulness-based stress reduction practices. Mindfulness might benefit other areas of health too. Additional studies have shown that the strategies decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lessen chronic pain conditions, lower risk of depression, and even improve sleep.

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