I bet that’s one of the biggest objections practitioners hear when they recommend meditation.
Many of us work with pretty busy people. They juggle work, family responsibilities, and other obligations. They don’t want slow improvement over months – they want solutions now.
But what if we could show even our most stressed-out clients that the benefits are worth the discipline?
Here’s a great example.
Teri Pipe, PhD and her colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona conducted a study of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program with a group of nurses in leadership positions.
Now, nursing is a stressful job.
And in fact, a survey found that nurses were significantly more stressed than the general population.
Researchers randomly assigned 32 nurses to either a mindfulness treatment group or a control group.
The treatment group participated in 4 two-hour MBSR sessions, along with 30 minutes of daily mindfulness practice. The control group received a structured educational series containing stress management and leadership strategies.
After only four weeks, the nurses who received MBSR reported significant improvement in anxiety, phobic anxiety, and distress compared to the control group.
While most mindfulness programs take 8 weeks or more, this study showed a significant effect after only a month of training.
If mindfulness helped them manage their busy lives, I imagine your clients could find benefits as well.
If you’d like to read the full study, you can find it in the Journal of Nursing Administration.
Have you ever struggled with clients who don’t have time for mindfulness practice? How did you overcome this barrier? Please leave a comment below.