Transcendental meditation may improve mental health by reducing anxiety and somatisation (development of physical symptoms stemming from mental or emotional stress). That was the finding of a study published in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health (2008; 4 ; doi:10.1186/1745–0179–4–25).
Actively cultivating compassion engenders positive feelings. The ancient Buddhist practice of “loving-kindness meditation,” also known as metta, consists of a technique where a person directs compassion and wishes for well-being to real or imagined people and as a result experiences positive feelings and kindness toward him- or herself and others.
In the emotional rollercoaster of life, sometimes the “down” periods have long-lasting effects on more than just our mood. In fact, numerous studies link factors that impact our emotional well-being, such as stress, depression and anxiety, to an increase in skin, hair or nail problems.
Who has time to worry about stress? After all, if we had time to manage our stress, we would not be stressed in the first place! This retort, unfortunately, is often our first response to the subject of stress. Yet no matter how busy we become in our daily routines, we cannot afford to ignore our reactions to stressful circumstances.
Stress has been linked to cardiovas...
Stress triggers many physiological changes in the body through the “fight or flight” response. When stress levels are high, levels of the hormone cortisol released into the bloodstream are also high. Studies confirm that chronic stress is associated with increased fat in the abdominal area, higher concentrations of blood sugar and insulin, higher blood pressure and higher levels of cho...
On the messy road of life, it is often challenging to determine what your next step will be, what direction you will take and which way you will turn. Perhaps that is one reason why walking a labyrinth as a meditation is so appealing: the journey is clearly marked, unobstructed and in full view. Although it twists and winds its way to the center, there are no tricks, wrong choices or dead ends. To reach your destination, all you have to do is follow the path.
On the messy road of life, it is often
challenging to determine what your next step will be, what direction you will
take and which way you will turn. Perhaps that is one reason why walking a
labyrinth as a meditation is so appealing: the journey is clearly marked,
unobstructed and in full view. Although it twists and winds its way to the
center, there are no tricks...
of the ancient Chinese art of qigong may offer relief to people with high blood
pressure, according to a paper published in The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine (2008, 14 ; 27–37).
Scientists reviewed 92 studies but found only nine that qualified for
meta-analysis. Among these studies, people who consistently practiced ...
Adopting a holistic approach to health can attract and retain members. How can you expand your wellness offerings to address the physical, emotional/spiritual, intellectual and social aspects of health? You’ve probably got the physical aspect well covered, so here are some ways to incorporate the other dimensions.
Stress is common in today’s s...
Are you or your facility offering any kind of relaxation or stress management classes, or do you have a relaxation or meditation room? If yes, what age or demographic group is most responsive to relaxation programming and facilities—kids, older adults, women, executives? What, if any, integrated body-mind approaches are you offering to help people relax?
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