Release Anxiety by Getting a Set of Balls

One of the top selling pharmaceutical categories in the US is anxiety medicine. Not only do doctors prescribe anxiety meds, the US population seeks help with anxiety via botanical, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, lifestyle changes, and various supplements. To help my patients and the greater public, I am designing programs to help with anxiety (plus other common issues) which shall be available online shortly. For instant gratification, I will provide helpful tips via my blog and website now!

On to the part you really want … I humbly suggest that we get a set of balls…not the type you are thinking! Aromatherapy balls!

1. Buy a piece of foam or a natural sponge about the size of a tennis ball.

Step one materials 2. Tie a soft piece of cloth around the foam. I suggest fleece, velvet, or something super wonderful to touch. We should enjoy playing with our balls.

Wrap 3. Put a few drops of Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Bergamot, or Melissa essential oil onto the ball.

4. When you become anxious, stressed or frustrated; whip out your balls and apply 1-2 fresh drops of you chosen oil and squeeze the ball rhythmically while you take deep breaths. Take a 4 count inhale and a 6 count exhale as the heat of your hand releases the aroma from the balls. The smoother these breaths, the better for your brain and heart.

Studies have found Chamomile quite effective at reducing anxiety.Add oil
If you would like to add extra power to help the anxiety melt away, say a positive affirmation such as “I am calm and in complete control of my emotions.”

Visit http://www.ptera-wellness.com for more helpful hints and downloads.

Health & Joy,

Dr. Susan Lundgren

 

Unplugged! Can being “connected” dammage your Brain?


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Sometimes I just crave a slower pace of life, like I crave a warm beach with personal masseuse.

Today, I thought about how we all create our own realities…so what the hell was I thinking when I created this day?!  I had text messages to answer, phone calls, emails, I felt I could not get away to get a breath. Now, I can to my senses and realized the world was not going to fall to pieces if I sat in a coffee shop drinking a cup of tea for a wee bit.

So here I sit, with my phone turned off, my email tab closed, and a lovely cup of herbal tea. AAAAHHHHH. I thought of writing this in my notebook but I would just have to re-type this later, and that would just be more work.

All this technology is great but it is damaging if you do not take control. We need to disconnect, turn off phones, and all those things that distract us from being “in the moment.”

I ask the question is being assessable, plugged in, causing damage?

As I am prone to do…I researched it. YES! Being connected does alter our brain waves. It causes brain confusion- basically it makes us a little ADD.  Some studies relate this to added stress. Some studies examine the effects of electromagnetic fields on our own electronic nerve impulses and neuron conduction, and other studies just hurt my brain read them.

Being connected adds to our stress, it distracts our brains, it clutters our thoughts, it interrupts our lives like a small, bored child.  We end up having a stress response to emails, phone calls, text messages, etc. This in turn causes a release of cortisol; when cortisol levels rises we produce more insulin and store more fat, we don’t sleep as well (cortisol levels are connect to sleep cycles). Stress also causes us to produce more free radicals, we become more acidic and much more. This is not even mentioning the electromagnetic fields we are being exposed to with our “connected” lifestyle. In other words too much technology- when technology controls us, it is bad. When we control and utilize it well, it is very, very good.

Now is the time to take control, take out your phones and flip the switch for a couple of hours each night and go for a walk, play a game, make something, or just chill. It is so good for your brain.

“A candle loses no light by lighting another flame.”

“A candle loses no light by lighting another flame; and the world will become a much brighter place.”

Here is a you tube video from two friends of mine about how to make the world a better place and embrace humanity. We all would like to start our own little peaceful revolution by embracing humanity. Share the love and be healthier by doing so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue2aYLlyfhw

Hell ya! But my mom does not approve!

OK, My mom would not approve. This study on swearing  is F’ing amusing but very flawed, (which makes for great news headlines and conversational starters). However, “they” did not test the impact of positive statements or encouragement, etc.

I enjoy a good swear at the appropriate time and plus cussing a blue streak can be liberating, but really…it is far more satisfying to hurl an insult that is an educated, clever, witty retort to a situation. Frankly, if you can bewilder a gormless, mouth breather that has offended your moral concept of justice; you may obtain a better stress relief than a simpleton’s four letter quip. Get out your Thesaurus and do yourself justice! OK, I am only joking. There is much truth to letting off steam’s ability to help us endure situations, however there are just as many studies on meditation (and going to our “happy place”) to provide relief when things are painful or when morons vex us. (http://www.healthnews.com/Categories/Natural-Health/Meditation-Can-Provide-Greater-Pain-Relief-Than-Powerful-Medication) Positive thoughts and happy places actually are proven to do more good in our bodies than negativity. Check out the studies on the structure of water and the impact of negative language if you do not believe me. (Masaru Emoto studies on water. Plus “What the Bleep do we Know”) This is just something to think about as we succumb to cussing out the self righteous…beautiful human that cut in line in front of us.

Ramsay’s Remedy: Swearing ‘Lessens Pain’

A study into people’s tolerance to physical pain has got scientists swearing by foul-mouthed outbursts.

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‘Effing and blinding’ like Gordon helped volunteers cope with pain

Gordon Ramsay-style profanities could actually help people cope with the effects of knocks, bumps and other mishaps, researchers from Keele University in Staffordshire found.

The scientists were investigating whether swearing could have a psychological effect on increasing pain tolerance.

To test the theory they had 66 volunteer students submerge a hand into a iced water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.

At the start of the experiment, participants were asked for “five words you might use after hitting yourself on the thumb with a hammer” and then told to use the first swear word on the list.

They then repeated the task, with the students instead asked to use one of “five words to describe a table”.

The evidence discovered a virtue in the participants’ vulgarities.

The study found volunteers were able to keep their hands in the freezing water for significantly longer when they swore.

At the same time their heart rates accelerated and their pain-perception, as measured with a questionnaire, reduced.

The scientists believe swearing triggers a “fight-or-flight” response and heightens aggression.

They wrote in the journal NeuroReport of the effect of “everyday examples of aggressive swearing”.

They included: “The football manger who ‘psychs up’ players with expletive-laden team talks, or the drill sergeant barking orders interspersed with profanities.

“Swearing in these contexts may serve to raise levels of aggression, downplaying feebleness in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo,” the researchers wrote.

Dr Richard Stephens, who led the study, said: “Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon.

“It taps into emotional brain centres and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.

“Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists.”

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