Stress in America™ 2020 - APA

Stress in the Time of COVID-19, Vol 1

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of American life, from health and work to education and exercise. Over the long term, warns the American Psychological Association, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus will be serious and long-lasting.

To better understand how individuals are coping with the extreme stress of this crisis, APA has adapted its annual Stress in America poll into a monthly analysis of stressors and stress levels. Taking a monthly “pulse” to understand how individuals are processing these extreme events will help health leaders and policymakers better align advice and resources to address these evolving mental health needs.

The Harris Poll conducted this survey on behalf of APA from April 24 to May 4, 2020; the online survey included 3,013 adults age 18+ who reside in the United States.

Stress Effects on the Body - APA

Our bodies are well equipped to handle stress in small doses, but when that stress becomes long-term or chronic, it can have serious effects on your body.

The following is AnJenette's compilation of the latest research on Meditation, Mindfulness, Stress, Pain, ADHD, Yoga, Wellbeing, etc. organized under topics. Although this collection is extensive, it is not inclusive of all available research on these topics.


Mindfulness Meditation: A Research-Proven Way to Reduce Stress

New Evidence that Chronic Stress Predisposes Brain to Mental Illness

Impacts of Psychological Stress on Osteoporosis: Clinical Implications and Treatment Interactions

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Biomarkers of Stress Response in Anxiety Disorder

The Neuroendocrine Impact of Chronic Stress on Cancer

Stress Effects on the Body

Stress in America APA 2019

Even a Single Mindfulness Meditation Session Can Reduce Anxiety

Meditation and Yoga Can 'Reverse' DNA Reactions Which Cause Stress, New Study Suggests

Mindful Movement May Help Lower Stress, Anxiety

Yoga and Meditation Improve Mind-Body Health and Stress Resilience

Is Your Stress Changing My Brain?

Studies Highlight Lasting Effects of Early Life Stress on the Genome, Gut, and Brain

How Childhood Stress Contributes to Anxiety, Depression

Changes in Stress After Meditation

Beware of Evening Stress

How Stress Influences Disease: Study Reveals Inflammation as the Culprit

Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-Being A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The Efficacy of Internet-Based Mindfulness Training and Cognitive-Behavioral Training With Telephone Support in the Enhancement of Mental Health Among College Students and Young Working Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial

Meditative Therapies for Reducing Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Neural Correlates of Mindfulness Meditation-Related Anxiety Relief

Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder

Mindfulness-Based Therapy: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Stress Management Intervention for Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review

Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness Meditation. Effects on Psychological Symptomatology, Sense of Control, and Spiritual Experiences

A Pilot Study Comparing the Effects of Mindfulness-Based and Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Reduction

Effects of Meditation versus Music Listening on Perceived Stress, Mood, Sleep, and Quality of Life in Adults with Early Memory Loss: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

A Randomized, Wait-List Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effect of a Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Program on Mood and Symptoms of Stress in Cancer Outpatients

Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Loving-Kindness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study

Meditation Based Approaches in the Treatment of PTSD (PDF)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Therapeutic Role of Meditation Interventions

Breathing-Based Meditation Decreases Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in U.S. Military Veterans: A Randomized Controlled Longitudinal Study 


Impact of In-Person and Virtual World Mindfulness Training on Symptoms of Post-Traumatic

Stress Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Systematic Review of Meditation-Based Interventions for Children with ADHD

Short-Term Meditation Training Improves Attention and Self-Regulation

Mind-Body Therapy for Children with Attention-Deficit

How Mindfulness Enhances Emotion Regulation Through Improvements in Executive Control

Meditation Improves Self-Regulation Over the Life Span

Attention Regulation and Monitoring in Meditation

A Pilot Trial of Mindfulness Meditation Training for ADHD in Adulthood: Impact on Core Symptoms, Executive Functioning, and Emotion Dysregulation

Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Attention-Deficit-/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Meditation-Based Therapies for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents and Adults: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


The Power of Mindfulness: How a Meditation Practice Can Help Kids Become Less Anxious, More Focused

Is Meditation Conducive to Mental Well-Being for Adolescents? An Integrative Review

Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering

Mindfulness, Anxiety, and High-Stakes Mathematics Performance in the Laboratory and Classroom

The Effects of School-Based Maum Meditation Program on the Self-Esteem and School Adjustment in Primary School Students

Mindfulness Programming for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Parents of Young Children with Developmental Delays: Implications for Parental Mental Health and Child Behavior Problems

Feasibility of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention for Parents of Children with Developmental Delays

The Benefits of Yoga in Children

Mindfulness-Based Intervention in School Psychology

A School‐Based Mindfulness Intervention for Urban Youth: Exploring Moderators of Interventions Effects

Whole-School Approaches to Incorporating Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Supporting the Capacity for Optimal Functioning in School Settings

Enhancing Cognitive and Social-Emotional Development Through a Simple-to-Administer Mindfulness-Based School Program for Elementary School Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial


Mindfulness May Help Reduce Cravings for Food and Drugs, Says Review

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Obesity-Related Eating Behaviors: A Literature Review

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Helps Adolescents Eat Healthier Foods, Be More Active

Whole-Person Integrative Eating: A Program for Treating Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) for Binge Eating: A
Randomized Clinical Trial

Coping with Food Cravings. Investigating the Potential of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention

Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Mindful Eating, Sweets Consumption, and Fasting Glucose Levels in Obese Adults: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial

Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Weight Loss: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Mindfulness, Eating Behaviours, and Obesity: A Review and Reflection on Current Findings

A Conceptual Framework for the Expansion of Behavioral Interventions for Youth Obesity: A Family-Based Mindful Eating Approach

Mindfulness Approaches and Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Weight Regain

Pilot Study: Mindful Eating and Living (MEAL): Weight, Eating Behavior, and Psychological Outcomes Associated with a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for People with Obesity

Mindfulness for Adults Who are Overweight or Obese

The Effect of a Mindful Restaurant Eating Intervention on Weight Management in Women

Yoga and Eating Disorders: Is There a Place for Yoga in the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Behaviours?


Yoga: What You Need To Know

What Happens to Your Brain and Body When You Do Yoga Regularly

Yoga for Pain

Yoga for Pain. What Science Says

Yoga Effects on Brain Health: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature

Insular Cortex Mediates Increased Pain Tolerance in Yoga Practitioners

Fluid intelligence and Brain Functional Organization in Aging Yoga and Meditation Practitioners

Yoga Asana Sessions Increase Brain GABA Levels: A Pilot Study

Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels: A Randomized Controlled MRS Study


Meditation and Music May Help Reverse Early Memory Loss in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Comparison of a Mindful Eating Intervention to a Diabetes Self-Management Intervention Among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: a Randomized Controlled Trial

A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study of the Acceptability and Effectiveness of a Brief Meditation and Mindfulness Intervention for People with Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease

Cardiovascular and Nervous System Changes During Meditation

Specific Transcriptome Changes Associated with Blood Pressure Reduction in Hypertensive Patients After Relaxation Response Training

Mindfulness Motivates People to Make Healthier Choices

Mindfulness Meditation and the Immune System: a Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

The Benefits of Being Present: Mindfulness and Its Role in Psychological Well-Being

Effect of Kindness-Based Meditation on Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

How are Habits Formed: Modelling Habit Formation in the Real World

The Potential Effects of Meditation on Age-Related Cognitive Decline: A Systematic Review

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Reduces Loneliness and Pro-Inflammatory Gene Expression in Older Adults: A Small Randomized Controlled Trial

Meditation and Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Effects of Meditation on Grey Matter Atrophy and Neurodegeneration: A Systematic Review

Mindful Aging: The Effects of Regular Brief Mindfulness Practice on Electrophysiological Markers of Cognitive and Affective Processing in Older Adults

Pons to Posterior Cingulate Functional Projections Predict Affective Processing Changes in the Elderly Following Eight Weeks of Meditation Training

Affective Responses to Acute Bouts of Aerobic Exercise, Mindfulness Meditation, and Combinations of Exercise and Meditation: A Randomized Controlled Intervention

Calm and Smart? A Selective Review of Meditation Effects on Decision Making

Prior Meditation Practice Modulates Performance and Strategy Use in Convergent- and Divergent-Thinking Problems

Improving Creativity Performance by Short-Term Meditation

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training Reduces Loneliness and Pro-inflammatory Gene Expression in Older Adults: A Small Randomized Controlled Trial

The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Feelings of Loneliness and Ruminative Thinking

Effects of a Brief Meditation Program on Well-being and Loneliness

Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Meditation Use Among US Adults: A Nationally Representative Survey

Open Mind, Open Heart: An Anthropological Study of the Therapeutics of Meditation Practice in the US

Meditation: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health/PDF


Let It Be: Mindful Acceptance Down-Regulates Pain and Negative Emotion

As Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Tighten, Mindfulness Meditation Holds Promise for Pain Relief

Mindfulness Meditation-Based Pain Relief: A Mechanistic Account

Mindfulness-Meditation-Based Pain Relief Is Not Mediated by Endogenous Opioids

Does Meditation Reduce Pain through a Unique Neural Mechanism?

Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation


A Mindfulness-Based Approach to the Treatment of Insomnia

The Value of Mindfulness Meditation in the Treatment of Insomnia

How Mindfulness Changed My Sleep: Focus Groups with Chronic Insomnia Patients

The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Sleep Disturbance: A Systematic Review

Unrestricted Evening Use of Light‐Emitting Tablet Computers Delays Self‐Selected Bedtime and Disrupts Circadian Timing and Alertness


Meditation is Associated with Increased Brain Network Integration

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms of Action From a Conceptual and Neural Perspective

Functional Neuroanatomy of Meditation: A Review and Meta-Analysis of 78 Functional Neuroimaging Investigations

Cognitive-Affective Neural Plasticity following Active-Controlled Mindfulness Intervention

Functional Brain Mapping of the Relaxation Response and Meditation


Mindfulness at Work: Study first to Uncover Positive Benefits for Teams

The Association between Meditation Practice and Job Performance: A Cross-Sectional Study

A Workplace Mindfulness Intervention May Be Associated With Improved Psychological Well-Being and Productivity. A Preliminary Field Study in a Company Setting

Abbreviated Mindfulness Intervention for Job Satisfaction, Quality of Life, and Compassion in Primary Care Clinicians: A Pilot Study

The Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Nurses and Nursing Students: An Integrated Literature Review