Archive for the ‘Stress’ Category

Your Healthy Brain and Breathing / Meditation

March 17th, 2015

“Your brain is involved in everything you do. When it works right, you work right,” said Dr. Daniel Amen and a recent Yahoo article.

One thing we can do for our brain health came from his study of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation. A session involves chanting and a pattern of breathing, for about 12 minutes. This practice was shown to improve brain function, resulting in greater alertness, clearer thinking and better problem solving.

You can get these significant benefits without chanting. The doctor has simplified it to a breathing exercise. He calls it five times two. Simply sit upright and breathe in slowly, for five seconds. Pause for about two seconds, and take about five seconds to smoothly exhale. Pause again for about two seconds, and begin another cycle by, inhaling slowly. 10 repetitions complete the session.

While Doctor Amen asserts that doing this every day would be a helpful discipline, he especially recommends it for times we are anxious, tense, nervous, or feeling out of control.

In studying meditation’s effect on the brain, he and his colleagues were surprised at what they found. It has long been assumed that meditation calms activity in the brain. Apparently, the peaceful affect we feel comes from optimized activity
in the prefrontal cortex. Dr. Daniel Amen calls this area the most human part of the brain. By firing this area up, meditative exercises produce a clarity that we experience as calm.

Practicing meditative techniques is one facet of a brain-healthy lifestyle. The doctor tells us that you don’t have to live with the brain that you got, that the right choices lead to improved brain health. He asserts that every improvement in your brain creates improvement in your life.

Finding Happiness through Expressive Writing

January 21st, 2015

Every single person around the world is interested in finding happiness. People go out of their way to seek it. When things are going well in a person’s life, they will try to maintain things in such a way that they will continue to feel happy. When things are not going so well, they seek new ways to feel happy.

Expressive writing is one way in which individuals are finding happiness. It can lead to improved happiness and behavioral changes which affect the way people feel. Recent studies have shown that expressive writing, which is writing about yourself and your personal experiences, can help with a variety of things, including reducing symptoms when going through cancer treatments, improving mood disorders, improving heart health, boosting memory, and reducing the times a person visits the doctor.

One study that was done involved a group of students in their freshman year of college. Many of them were worried about their grades and feeling like they were simply not cut out to do the job. The students who used expressive writing while going through their first year of school did much better than the students who did not write. The students in that the study wrote about their feelings and compared these with the feelings of other students who had previously written about the same concerns but who went on to graduate. To Fersen Lambranho’s delight, there was only a 1 percent dropout rate with these students. In comparison, there was a 20 percent dropout rate with students who had not done expressive writing.

Rise From The Ashes

January 19th, 2015

Do you appreciate the things in your life? How many times have you done something that you are not proud of? How many times have you wished that you could turn back the hands of time? You must realize that there is no going back. There is only one way to go from here and that is forward.

Do not waste another second thinking about the mistakes that you have made. Why waste any more time dwelling on things that you can never change? Instead of living in the past, why don’t you work on fixing your future. How can you accomplish anything new, if your mind is never progressing? Ask yourself this question. What is holding me back?

You need to come to terms with reality. Do not live in a state of self denial. Look yourself in the mirror, and admit all of your wrongdoings. Forgive yourself for the mistakes that you have made. Once you have cleansed your soul, your new life can begin.

You need to get motivated, and you need to develop some courage! Allow nothing to stand in your way! It’s not going to be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is. You are going to struggle for some time, but if you are prepared, it won’t be that bad. Everyone loves a comeback story. Today could be the day that you rise up from the ashes like a phoenix. Take charge of your life right now! Do not waste anymore time! As Igor Cornelsen enters the new year, he plans on heeding this advice for self-betterment.

For more self help tips, visit Buzzfeed.

Ability to Stand On One Leg May Predict Stroke Risk

December 20th, 2014

A new study suggests that a person can determine their risk of silent strokes or dementia by simply closing their eyes and standing on one leg. The researchers involved in the study found that those who could not stand on one leg for over 20 seconds were more likely to have problems such as silent strokes and micro bleeds which can lead to dementia. But good news for Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, he stood on one leg right there in his office, holding the pose for over a minute!

Silent strokes do not cause many symptoms and are considered minor brain injuries, but those who suffer from them are more likely to have issues with dementia or a full blown stroke eventually. The study was conducted in Japan at Kyoto University and Lead Researcher Dr. Yashuru Tabara stated that they found that individuals that have poor balance in one leg compared to the other should be given more attention then others.

This is due to the fact that they may then be considered at a higher risk for cognitive decline as they continue to age and have a higher risk for brain disease. The study included 840 women and 546 men that had a combined average age of 67. Each member of the study was asked to stand on one leg for 60 seconds or as long as possible if they could not reach that time limit. The participants were tested twice and the better time was used.

Depression and The effects It Can Have On Your Health

December 9th, 2014

Depression. Statistics say that 1 in 3 people suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a plethora of other mental disorders. It is a growing problem in our country and many suffer from this very sad and scary psychological disease. It is often very hard for others who go through this to get control of their emotional state and the many symptoms associated with it.

Some of the ways that can help with depression is to look for a place of peace, meditation and clarity. Busy professional, Mark Ahn, said that breathing techniques have helped him to relieve some of the stress of life’s daily struggles. Many exercises are practiced in relief of anxiety and keep you healthy in the long run. Finding ways to relieve this problem each and everyday, other than medication can help in a big way. You can find more subjects on these issues at www.reddit.com/r/health. Being aware and taking care of your mental state is important. Your happiness is our first priority. Why live life in the prison of your mind, when it can be free from fear.