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Mindfulness

Mindfulness: An effective coaching tool for improving physical and mental health.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This article provides an overview of the mechanisms of action, evidence base, and practice of mindfulness, with an emphasis on how to easily incorporate this valuable skill into practice.

DATA SOURCES:

PubMed, CINAHL, PsychInfo Databases.

CONCLUSIONS:

Conscious attention to the present moment in a receptive way is known as mindfulness. A growing body of research indicates that mindfulness can be taught and cultivated to improve physical and mental health.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

Accordingly, as part of the coaching competency, mindfulness can be practiced and taught by advanced practice nurses to support lifestyle and behavioral changes, decrease perceived stress, enhance quality of life, and, ultimately, improve health and health outcomes.

©2013 The Author(s) ©2013 American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

KEYWORDS:

Mindfulness, coaching, health promotion, stress and coping

PMID:
24259186
[PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24259186