Those who are put off by meditation by the thought of months of practise can take heart, researchers believe you can reap the benefits in just one week.
The study of 40 undergraduates at Oregon University found just five 20 minute sessions of 'integrative meditation' improved attention and lowered stress levels among participants. The pupils used a number of body and mind techniques during the daily lesson.
They also reported an improvement in mood, and lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue, compared with students in a control group who participated only in relaxation training.
Research leader Dr Yi-Yuan Tang and colleagues have reported their research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
They said integrative meditation "incorporates several key components body and mind techniques including body relaxation, breathing adjustment, mental imagery, and mindfulness training, which have shown broad positive effects in attention, emotions, and social behaviors in previous studies.
Source - Daily Mail