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Mindful : June 2019
Research News by B. GRACE BULLOCK MANAGING CHRONIC DISEASE People with chronic illnesses like diabetes, asthma, can- cer, and heart disease often experience anxi- ety and depres- sion. Both can interfere with self-regulation, which makes managing medi- cations and main- taining healthy habits challeng- ing. Researchers in Boston asked 92 adults with a chronic illness combined with anxiety and depression to participate in an 8-week prog ram that included mindfulness, self-compassion, mindfulness- oriented behav- ior skills, and developing a self-management action plan. Attheendof8 weeks partici- pants showed sig- nificant improve- ments in disease management compared to a wait-list control group. Even bet- ter, the program was covered by health insurance. families, or were asked to read two parenting booklets. After seven weeks, increases in mom’s and dad’s mindful parent- ing were linked to more positive parenting and higher quality parent–teen rela- tionships across groups. Looking at moms and dads separately, fathers in the mindful parenting group showed signifi- cant gains in emo- tional awareness of their teens. The teenage children of more mindful dads were also less aggressive. “Changes in positive parent- ing strategies can enhance relation- ships at a time when parent- child interactions typically increase in conflict,” said the study’s lead Research gathered from Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and American Mindfulness Research Association. MINDFUL PARENTING PAYS OFF For a study examining how mindful par- enting affects teens, more than 400 families of 6th- and 7th- grade students either attended a mindfulness prog ram designed for parents and “For me, MCS has been helpful and grounding with many fun and beautiful moments. I’ve taken away bigger learnings, such as new perspectives, along with down-to-earth questions and tools for my practice and clients. I love it here. I will be back again for sure!” - Benjamin Wattman Malmo Sweden, ACC Malmo Sweden, ACC Register online or call us at +1.505.906.6700 Join mindfulness practitioners from around the world for lively and contemplative online classes. For coaches and non-coaches alike. Visit our website for classes, playshops, talks, guided meditations, and more! www.MindfulnessCoachingSchool.com Mindfulness Coaching School 14 mindful June 2019 top of mind