Eating mindfully can go a long way and has the power to impact the way you feel, how your body reacts to external threats, and even how you relate to others.
There are several studies suggesting that mindfulness-based interventions can help with sleep disturbance and improve sleep quality, including in people with insomnia and cancer patients, and when delivered via an App.
Research suggests mindfulness training could enhance several aspects of attention, including sustained attention (focussing for a long period of time), and selective attention (choosing what to pay attention to and what to ignore).
Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way of preventing relapse in people with recurring depression, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT, a talking therapy combining mindfulness and cognitive therapy) is provided by some NHS mental health services for depression and addiction.
There is evidence that mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practices have benefits for reducing anxiety. A 2011 Meta-analysis found that mindfulness and acceptance based interventions were associated with substantial reductions in anxiety symptoms. In one randomised control trial (the gold standard for studies that test interventions), anxiety scores fell significantly following treatment by 31-43%.