Meditation for Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Treatment

Author: Paige H Cork1, Lydia Elliott1, Angela Trombley1
1 Western Carolina University.
Conference/Journal: J Holist Nurs
Date published: 2023 Dec 18
Other: Pages: 8980101231217361 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/08980101231217361. , Word Count: 114

This comprehensive integrated literature review provides evidence-based information on mindfulness meditation as a primary care treatment for anxiety. A variety of databases were utilized for article collection including MEDLINE Complete, CINAHL Plus with full text, Cochrane library, APA PsycInfo, APA PsycTests, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, and PsycARTICLES. Research suggests anxiety can be treated effectively with a minimum of 8 weeks of meditation practice. Meditation is a cost effective and safe treatment modality that can be incorporated into the care of patients struggling with anxiety.

Keywords: anxiety; breath meditation; breathing meditation; meditation; mindful breath; mindful breathing; mindful meditation; mindfulness; mindfulness breathing; mindfulness intervention; mindfulness meditation; mindfulness technique; transcendental meditation; yoga meditation; yogic meditation.

PMID: 38111299 DOI: 10.1177/08980101231217361