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Mindful : June 2018
A sound therapy One grande nap, for here People with tinnitus live with a noise inside their head that never goes away. There’s no cure for the condition, and it can lead to depression, insomnia, and anxiety. British researchers conducting one of the first randomized clinical trials of mindfulness-based cogni- tive therapy for tinnitus found that an eight-week program not only reduced sufferers’ distress, but made the noise itself less noticeable. A café can provide many kinds of refreshment. A nap café in Washington, DC, offers a new lease on rest for the rushed. Described as “a modern meditation and power nap studio,” g uests can sink onto a giant bean bag for a 20-minute nap, complete with scented eye masks and soothing music. The keys to mindfulness Lots of studies on mindfulness have examined how people fare when they learn mindfulness in groups taught by a facilitator. Now the growth of online mindfulness apps and courses invites research- ers to look at the effects of mindful- ness apart from the influence of a group or teacher. In one such study on stress among students and staff at the University of Sus- sex, researchers there compared a two-week online mindfulness course with a two-week online classical music program. At the end of the study, they found that participants in the mindfulness option had signifi- cantly lower stress levels. Looking more closely, they found that the mindfulness group showed less worry, greater mindfulness, and more self-com- passion than the music-listeners— suggesting that these specific elements may be the key to mindful- ness’s ability to lessen stress. Inner joy in NYC From March through June 2017, the New York City yoga and meditation studio Three Jewels ran its first wellness program for peo- ple living in homeless shel- ters. Hector Marcel, Three Jewels’ president, summa- rized the main goal: “To have participants experi- ence genuine personal wellness in a short time.” The program (a collabora- tion between the stu- dio’s nonprofit Outreach Center, the Department of Health & Hygiene, and the Department of Home- less Services) curated and provided free weekly yoga and meditation classes for all shelter clients age 4 and older. Shelter staff members were also offered free health programs and coaching, so they could understand and benefit from the same wellness tools as the clients. From man-caves to men’s sheds The earliest “men’s sheds” emerged in Australia around the mid-1990s. Providing safe spaces for older men to work on projects, expand their communities, and access mental health resources, the idea has caught on in 11 other countries since. The US Men’s Sheds Associa- tion began and opened its first three sheds in 2017. With the motto that “Men don’t talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder,” the movement is a strong step toward combating toxic masculinity. Bring it in, pal. PHOTOGRAPHBYNOUTGONS/PEXELS,BARRYGOLDING,ILLUSTRATIONBYVECTEEZY what’s new 12 mindful June 2018