(STUDYFINDS) — The practice of mindfulness is often associated with meditation, a combination that studies have shown can offer positive mental health benefits. But what happens when one combines mindfulness with more physical activities? A study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University shows that practicing mindful movement can lower anxiety and stress.
Mindful movement refers to focusing on the breath and what one’s senses detect from their immediate surroundings when on their feet and moving around. For example, instead of listening to music or thinking about your plans while out for a jog or brisk walk, a person instead would put all of his or her attention on the sights, sounds, and smells while on the move.