Mindfulness Virtual Reality to Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety
Research by the University of Victoria, Canada & the NeuroMeditation Institute did a study that used nature-based mindfulness virtual reality experiences with anxious participants. The study found that virtual reality shifted the brainwave state from higher Beta to lower Beta frequencies which is consistent with a physiological reduction in anxiety.
Virtual Reality Reduces Pain and Anxiety
Research findings that immersive virtual reality could be used as a distraction tool to reduce pain, anxiety and help with anger management
in an emergency room
VR Increases Physical Presence
VR compared to the computer screen increased the sense of presence and partly, perceived restorativeness. When combined with VR, biofeedback increased physical presence and, in part perceived restorativeness. “
VR Improves Motivation
VR-based implementation was associated with higher motivation and helped users better maintain attentional focus.
VR Increases Relaxation and Improves Mindfulness
VR-based implementation buffered perceived stress in the subsequent stressor task, increased relaxation self-efficacy more, reduced mind wandering, helped participants focus on the present moment, and helped preserve attentional resources.
Meditation Reduces Physiological Symptoms of Stress
Focus on breathing and deep, diaphragmatic breaths in meditation
stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces cortisol (stress hormone), reduces blood pressure, and releases endorphins.
Meditation Reduces the Size of the Amygdala
The area of the brain responsible for the 'fight or flight' reflex.
Improves Self-Regulation and Decreases Emotional Reactivity
Meditation Improves Focus
Meditation Reduces Symptoms of Depression
Mediation Improves Problem Solving Skills
Regular meditation and positive suggestion help to re-programme our brain with more positive thoughts and emotions due to the
repetition and neuroplasticity. Social contagion will help to spread this positivity through to friends and family.
“Neurons that fire together, wire together” (Ref: Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself)
Music Therapy to Manage Anxiety
Music interventions with treating depression
Solfeggio frequencies ( 528 Hz) stress reducing effect on the Endocrine System & -Autonomic Nervous System after only 5 minutes
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