NZRDA Health & Wellbeing Conference

Sky City, Auckland, 8&9 November 2018

The NZRDA Health & Wellbeing Conference was held in Auckland on 8 and 9 November 2018. Click on the image below to go to the conference webpage for reports and videos from the conference.









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Meditation is a way to give your mind the time to pause, detach and re-energize in order to manage stress, increase happiness and boost productivity for sustainable high performance.

  • Research suggests that in-person Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs may help manage stress. In fact, a systematic review of 17 MBSR studies found the program to be effective in reducing psychological and physiological symptoms of stress.
  • A systematic review of in-person meditation training found that 69% of the studies analyzed showed meditation practice alleviated symptoms of anxiety.
  • A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials for insomnia found that eight weeks of in-person meditation training significantly improved total waking time and sleep quality in patients with insomnia.
  • A study evaluating the benefits of an in-person mindfulness-based relationship enhancement program suggests that mindfulness enhances couples’ levels of relationship satisfaction, autonomy, closeness and acceptance of each other, while reducing relationship distress.
  • Scientists investigated the effects of a brief in-person meditation training program on cognition and their findings suggest that meditating for just four days is enough to improve novice meditators’ working memory, executive functions and their ability to process visual information.

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