The study, which analysed more than 400 clinical trials, found that techniques such as practicing mindfulness, meditation and conscious breathing, are effective at increasing wellbeing. But there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, so people should experiment with different approaches to determine what works for them.
Positive psychological interventions, including working on your sense of purpose, performing small acts of kindness and keeping a gratitude journal were also shown to be effective, but only when done in combination, not individually.
Co-author, Mr Matthew Iasiello from SAHMRI says all these things need consistent and prolonged practice for them to be effective in improving wellbeing. “Just trying something once or twice isn’t enough to have a measurable impact. Regardless of what method people are trying out, they need to stick at it for weeks and months at a time for it to have a real effect,” Mr Iasiello said.
Professor Michael Kyrios from the Órama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Flinders University says the study shows that in times of stress, making time to regularly practise these good health habits can improve wellbeing and your overall mental health.
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