Mindfulness, health, & stress
Health is a state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being and integrity. New research findings suggest that the primary mechanism by which mindfulness exerts its beneficial effects on health is through regulating our stress response.
"When an individual experiences stress, activity in the prefrontal cortex -- responsible for conscious thinking and planning -- decreases, while activity in the amygdala, hypothalamus and anterior cingulate cortex -- regions that quickly activate the body's stress response -- increases. Mindfulness reverses these patterns during stress; it increases prefrontal activity, which can regulate and turn down the biological stress response."
(Creswell & Lindsay, 2015)