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Mindfulness can help caregivers of military veterans cope with stress and anxiety. This, according to a study from the University of Illinois.

Researchers taught mindfulness to 11 informal caregivers of veterans, such as spouses and other family members. These participants met for two hours each week, over an 8-week period, to learn mindfulness skills, of which included focusing on the present and concentrating on body sensations.

After the 8 weeks, participants reported spending an average of 19 minutes weekly engaging in the mindfulness activities. They reported significant stress reduction, as well as decreases in anxiety.

Researchers say their findings show that even a small amount of mindfulness can benefit people caring for veterans.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau. (2019, April 29). Mindfulness may help decrease stress in caregivers of veterans. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 1, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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