Does Meditation Really Reduce Anxiety? D23 Members Get Special Access to Nat Geo to Find Out!

We’re all ready to meet Anxiety when Inside Out 2 debuts exclusively in theaters on Friday, June 14, but what about managing our own stress? Research is finally catching up to the idea that meditation—which has been practiced for millennia—also provides many health benefits, including managing stress and anxiety.

Join National Geographic as they take a look at how the benefits of meditation may extend beyond stress and anxiety reduction: Does meditation actually work? Here’s what the science says. 

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Get ready to meet all of your emotions when the sequel to Disney & Pixar’s Oscar®-winning Inside Out heads to theaters on Friday, June 14:

The little voices inside Riley’s head know her inside and out—but this summer, everything changes when Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 introduces a new Emotion: Anxiety. According to director Kelsey Mann, the new character promises to stir things up within headquarters. “Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, might be new to the crew, but she’s not really the type to take a back seat,” said Mann. “That makes a lot of sense if you think about it in terms of what goes on inside all our minds.” A trailer, poster, and film stills are now available for what promises to be the feel-good (or feel-everything) film of the summer.

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen, Inside Out 2 releases only in theaters on Friday, June 14.

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