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Mindful : August 2017
“IseemyphoneorIsee my laptop in the same way that I would see other addictive substances.... I enforce periods of having my phone off or not checking emails. I do take little retreats from it.” Emma Watson, as told to Cineplex Magazine Gaming Your Brain Helping people who have experienced trauma has vexed the medical and psychological communities for more than a century. But researchers in England may have discovered a way to interrupt “memory consolidation,” the pro- cess by which traumatic experiences form long-term memories: The video game Tetris. Car accident victims were asked to recall their experi- ence and then play Tetris for 20 minutes or fill out a an activity log. The game- players had 62% fewer intrusive memories in the week following the accident, and their bad memories diminished more quickly than in the control group. Researchers speculate that introduced shortly after a traumatic event, the game’s high interactivity level stimulates the brain’s sensory centers so much that graphic memories can’t take hold. They plan to also test other visually engaging video games and activities such as drawing. Your Aching Back There’s some good news for the mil- lions of us who suffer from chronic low back pain and would love non-pharma- ceutical alternatives to relieve our symptoms: A two-year follow-up study of 342 adults published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that participants who attended eight weekly group sessions of MBSR maintained post- treatment gains in physical function two years later. Trouble sleeping? Consider this: When researchers added mindful- ness to an eight-week cogni- tive behavioral therapy program for insomnia they found that adults in the mindfulness group experi- enced improved sleep, fewer anxiety symptoms, and a better quality of life com- pared to a control group. Sounder Sleep Chronic migraine is a disabling condition often treated with medica- tion. In a study of 44 adult migraine sufferers, those who received six weeks of mindfulness-based training had equivalent reductions in headache frequency to those tak- ing a regimen of migraine medication. Ease Migraine Pain CLEVER OR CRAZY? Sometimes you just can’t decide if something’s groundbreaking or a tad over the top. Our jury’s out. What’s your verdict? MEETMINDFUL Are you a meditator looking for love online? Head on over to Meet- Mindful. It’s a new dating site designed to connect people who identify with living mindfully. Categories of interest include volunteering, green living, meditation, and personal growth. LINE DUDES Patience is a vir- tue—and a lucrative one, at that. Realizing this, Rober t Samuel founded NYC-based line-sitting company Same Ole Line Dudes, which once raked in $14,000 in a single day waiting to purchase new iPhones, accord- ing to Elite Daily. A SMART BRA Vitali is a forthcoming spor ts bra that will track a wearer’s pos- ture, breathing, and heart-rate variability. It then reminds her to sit up when needed and to take deep breaths in sync with her heart rate. It sends data to a phone app, which provides “up-to-date wellness scores” and “personalized goals,” among other features. Self-Care what’s new PHOTOGRAPHSBYBRUNOSCRAMGNON,DENISMAKARENKO