Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Stress [Videos]

Stress and anxiety are daily facts of life for many people, and running or working in a dental practice can be particularly stressful. Mindfulness, defined as non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness, has been shown to be an effective stress reduction practice. A 2011 study published in Clinical Psychology Review concluded that the practice of mindfulness “brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation.” To assist dental professionals, Dr. Mark Abramson worked with the ADA Practice Management team to develop a series of videos on mindfulness. These videos aim to help dental professionals, staff and patients create a more healthy and happy work environment.

About the presenter:
Mark Abramson, D.D.S.

Dr. Abramson has practiced dentistry for more than 25 years, with a specialty in the treatment of chronic pain and temporomandibular disorders. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Management, and the Cranial Academy. He has taught and lectured internationally, and is the founder and facilitator of Mindfulness-Meditation Based Stress Reduction programs at Stanford Health Care and Stanford University School of Medicine.

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