We all have stress in our lives. Job stress, school stress, family stress, economic stress, the stress of your daily commute, etc…
And how we deal with that stress can have a huge impact on our health.
Some of us direct that stress outward.
While others turn it back onto ourselves.
Well, today’s post is for those self-flagellators who tend to beat themselves up with all of life’s little stresses.
According to a new study, with just 5 days of practice, test subjects learned how to perform IBMT ( integrated body-mind techniques) and were able to:
- Reduce their levels of cortisol – the stress hormone
- Improve blood flow and electrical activity in their brains
- Improve their quality of breathing
- Reduce their levels of anxiety
- Reduce their levels of depression
- Reduce their levels of anger
- Reduce their levels of fatigue, and
- “create a state of ah, much like in the morning opening your eyes, looking outside the grass and sunshine, you feel relaxed, calm and refresh without any stress”
So, what is IBMT?
IBMT is a combination of several body–mind techniques including:
- body relaxation,
- breath adjustment,
- mental imagery, and
- mindfulness training, accompanied with selected music background.
In the study, subjects followed an instructional compact disc with body posture adjustment, breathing practice, guided imagery, and mindfulness training accompanied by a music background.
The sessions lasted 20 minutes each day for 5 days. Which is a pretty minor time commitment…to make yourself HAPPY.