Is Meditation an Effective Treatment Option for Anxiety?

By John Edwards, BS

What is Anxiety, How Common is it and is Meditation Effective Against it?

Anxiety is a common emotion that everyone experiences at one point or another. It is a feeling of uneasiness, worry, or fear. Many people feel anxious when they are faced with a challenging situation, such as a job interview or a first date. For some people, however, anxiety is more than just a temporary feeling – it is a chronic condition that can interfere with their daily lives.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults. While there are many conventional treatments available, some people prefer to explore alternative methods. Herbal supplements, meditation, and yoga are a few popular alternatives. Some people find that these methods help to reduce their anxiety symptoms, while others find that they do not work for them.

An excellent article below discussed further how meditation is used as an alternative treatment for anxiety. It reviews the study they conducted as well as how effective meditation as a treatment for anxiety was vs commonly used prescription drugs.

During the study, which lasted two months, more than 100 participants with anxiety disorders were trained in MBSR techniques including breath awareness, body scanning, and mindful movement. They were instructed to meditate at home for 45 minutes a day, attend a mindfulness-based stress reduction class once a week, and also went on one day-long weekend retreat during the study. Very few of the patients were on any anti-anxiety medication when the trial began, though a few people were already consistently taking low-dose antidepressants (trazodone, benzodiazopenes).
More than 100 people in a separate group, who also had anxiety disorders, took a newly-prescribed SSRI drug (escitalopram) once a day, for eight weeks.

At the start and end of the trial, all participants were evaluated using the same, commonly used anxiety-measuring scale. Meditators and medicated patients both experienced significantly reduced severity in their anxiety, by about 30%.

Meditation works as well as a common antidepressant for reducing anxiety, study says, By Hilary Brueck – Insider November 11, 2022
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Meditation: What is it? How does it Help with Anxiety?

Meditation is a mental discipline that involves focusing your attention on a certain object, thought, or activity to achieve a state of inner peace. There are many different types of meditation, but the goal of all meditation is to clear your mind of distractions and help you focus on the present moment. Meditation has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety. Studies have found that regular meditation can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, including worries, racing thoughts, and physical tension.

Different Types of Meditation: Mindfulness, Breathing, etc.

Mindfulness meditation is a form of mindfulness that is widely practiced in the western world. It involves focusing on the present moment and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgement.

Breathing meditation is another popular type of meditation that can be used to focus on the present moment and calm the mind. It involves focusing on your breath and counting each inhale and exhale.

There are many other types of meditation that are practiced around the world, such as Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana Meditation, Zen Meditation, and more. Each type of meditation has its own unique benefits that can help to improve your mental and physical health.

How to Meditate

When it comes to meditation, there are many different ways to go about it. There is no one “right” way to meditate, so find what works best for you and stick with it. With that said, here are a few tips on how to meditate:

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. You want your spine to be straight, but not tense. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths in and out.
  2. Start by focusing on your breath. Breathe in and out slowly and evenly. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring it back to your breath.
  3. Once you’ve been focusing on your breath for a while, you can start to expand your focus outward. Pay attention to the sensations in your body or the sounds around you.

Benefits of Meditation: Lessens Anxiety Symptoms

Meditation has been found to be an effective treatment for anxiety symptoms. A review of studies found that meditation can significantly reduce anxiety levels and help people manage their anxiety.

Meditation works by calming the mind and body, and it has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing stress and improving mood. In one study, people who meditated for eight weeks had a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms. Meditation can also help people cope with anxiety by teaching them how to control their thoughts and emotions.

Conclusion: Regular Practice of Meditation Leads to Long-term Relief

In conclusion, is meditation a useful tool against stress and anxiety? It can be said that regular practice of meditation definitely leads to long-term relief from stress and anxiety. It is also natural and drug free, helping to avoid any potential negative side effects from medications. It is a simple and effective way to relax the mind and body, and it can be done anywhere, at any time (morning, noon or night). So, give it a try!

With the levels of stress and anxiety we all suffer from, there is a demand for meditation instructors. If you would like to learn more about meditation and how to become a meditation instructor then our online program might interest you. For more information on our Meditation Instructor certification program please visit our webpage here – Certified Meditation Instructor CE Program 

Additional Resources:

Identifying App-Based Meditation Habits and the Associated Mental Health Benefits: Longitudinal Observational Study Stecher C, et al. J Med Internet Res 2021;23(11):e27282
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Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Benefits of Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation, SY ATEZAZ SAEED, MD et al Am Fam Physician. 2019;99(10):620-627
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Meditation and Yoga can Modulate Brain Mechanisms that affect Behavior and Anxiety-A Modern Scientific Perspective. Krishnakumar D, Hamblin MR, Lakshmanan S. Anc Sci. 2015 Apr;2(1):13-19. doi: 10.14259/as.v2i1.171. PMID: 26929928; PMCID: PMC4769029.
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Brief Mindfulness Meditation for Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis, Zoe Thomas, et al CJASN December 2017, 12 (12) 2008-2015;
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Conversational Hypnosis

By: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC, CH-C
       Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist by the American Board of Hypnotherapy
       Executive Director, The American College of Hypnotherapy

 

Conversational hypnosis (1), also known as covert hypnosis, is a type of hypnosis that is often used by therapists, counselors, and coaches to help their clients achieve specific goals. This type of hypnosis is different from traditional hypnosis in that it does not require the use of formal trance induction techniques. Instead, conversational hypnosis relies on the use of conversation and rapport-building techniques to induce a state of relaxation and suggestibility in the client.

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Conversational Hypnosis is a technique employed in order to get others to do as you direct them to, during everyday situations, without their knowledge of your influence. All forms of hypnosis, conversational or therapeutic, are based on very simple rules, steps that eventually lead a person into a state of hyper-suggestibility. According to John Kappas, founder of the Hypnosis Motivational Institute, 25% of the people you encounter during your lifetime will be naturally suggestible to you; the other 75% you will have to work on in order to exercise influence over their subconscious thoughts. Subconscious thoughts are those that exist below the level of conscious awareness. They are the product of the unconscious mind, which is constantly active, even when we are not aware of it. Subconscious thoughts (2) can influence our behavior, emotions, and decision-making, even though we are not aware of them. This is where knowing the basic rules and processes of hypnosis can come in handy, and give you the edge over the competition.

The Steps of Conversational Hypnosis

Step I

Step one is building rapport. Rapport is built on trust, and trust is based on the belief that whomever you are dealing with is just like you, or at least has your best interests in mind. In order to build rapport with someone you have never met, you must see yourself through their eyes, and experience a dialectical exchange from their point of view. Mimicking their posture, attitude, and affection can send strong cues to them that you are two of a kind. During this phase of the process, it is all about listening to what the other person is saying, and how they are saying it, then agreeing and affirming that what they believe is valid. Without rapport it will be impossible to exercise any type of influence.

Building rapport is important for several reasons. First, when we feel comfortable with someone, we are more likely to trust them and feel safe around them. This is important in both personal and professional relationships. Second, rapport helps us to feel more connected to others, which can improve communication and lead to better relationships. Finally, building rapport can help reduce stress and anxiety, and create a sense of well-being.

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Step II

Step two is to create an overload in the conscious mind (confusion). Overloading the conscious mind (3) refers to a state where the level of information or stimuli in the environment exceeds the capacity of the individual’s working memory. In this state, the individual is unable to process all of the information and may experience feelings of confusion.

At this point the other person should feel comfortable with you. “Hey, this guy isn’t so bad; he understands where I’m coming from,” and of course, you do.  Now, what is needed is a statement that while affirming what the subject believes to be correct, also seems to contradict that which has already been established as agreed upon. These statements should include words that appeal to the subject’s suggestibility type. Physical people respond to words that describe concrete ideas, while emotional subjects respond more readily to inferences and words that describe states of feeling. Crowding the subject and making physical contact, if they are physical, can also help create an overload in the conscious mind. This leads to the conscious mind’s desire for an outlet, an escape from the state of disequilibrium, which is exactly what will be provided in the next step.

Step III

Step three is where influence is exercised by giving the subject a suggestion that allows them to gain a state of homeostasis, and at the same time is beneficial to the cause. Giving the subject a weakly phrased statement they can agree with provides the subject’s conscious mind with the escape it needs, thereby allowing direct access to the unfiltered unconscious. The last statement is then followed immediately with a more strongly phrased suggestion that is in accordance with the directive. While in this state of hyper-suggestibility, the suggestion is implanted directly into the subconscious mind. It then becomes part of the subject’s belief system, without the subject’s conscious awareness. Hypersuggestibility is a state of heightened suggestibility in which individuals are more responsive to suggestions than usual. This can occur in both positive and negative contexts, with people being more likely to either accept or reject suggestions depending on the nature of the suggestion. Hypersuggestibility is often associated with altered states of consciousness, such as hypnosis or sleep, but it can also be induced by drugs, trauma, or other forms of psychological stress.

Conversational Hypnosis and Hypersuggestibility

The benefits of hypersuggestibility are numerous. For one, hypersuggestibility can help individuals overcome negative emotions and experiences. Additionally, hypersuggestibility can help people learn new information more quickly and easily. Finally, hypersuggestibility can also increase creativity and imagination.

Conversational Hypnosis Overview

That’s it. That is all there is to it: Creating rapport; overloading of the conscious mind leading to a state of disequilibrium, thereby triggering the conscious mind’s need to escape; providing a means of escape for the conscious mind, creating a direct route to the subconscious. The subconscious mind is the part of the mind that controls automatic processes and is not accessible to conscious awareness. It has been described as a hidden reservoir of knowledge and feelings that influence our conscious thoughts and behaviors. The subconscious mind is not a separate entity but is a part of the overall mind system. Franz Mesmer, the father of hypnotism, understood this from the very beginning. However, just knowing the techniques will not guarantee you success. As in the case of every good hypnotist, personality goes a long way and determines in large part how effective these techniques will be for you.

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In Conclusion

In conclusion, conversational hypnosis can be a powerful tool to influence others. When used correctly, it can help you get what you want and achieve your goals. However, it is important to use it ethically and responsibly, as it can be easy to abuse. Conversational hypnosis must be used in ethical and legal ways. This means that the trained hypnotist should only use suggestion for good, and never to exploit or control someone. When used correctly, conversational hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help people make positive changes in their lives. It is often used in sales and marketing, but is also becoming increasingly popular in healthcare. There are many potential benefits to using conversational hypnosis in healthcare, such as helping patients to relax and feel more comfortable during procedures, increasing compliance with treatment plans, and reducing stress and anxiety levels. We see it being used in pre-op anesthesia to help patients relax prior to surgical procedures. It is also being used in dental practices to assist patients to relax and become more calm prior to dental procedures. There are a wide range of uses of this type of hypnotic technique that are being employed in health care practices today.

If you are a health care professional and are interested in expanding your practice in the area of Clinical Hypnotherapy, The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. (AIHCP) offers a full curriculum of continuing education courses with Board approvals, leading to Certification. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive Certification as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in the American College of Hypnotherapy. The American College of Hypnotherapy is a subdivision of the AIHCP. You may preview our Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification program here: access information here.

References

1. Convert Hypnosis. Wikipedia. access here.

2. Subconscious Definition: The Hidden Power of Your Mind. Matt Coates. Mindvalley. November 27, 2018. access here.

3. The Role of the Conscious Mind. Kendra Cherry. Very Well Mind. September 1, 2022. access here.

4. Franz Mesmer. Wikipedia. access here.

Suggested Readings

1. Efficacy of Conversational Hypnosis and Propofol in Reducing Adverse Effects of Endoscopy. Azra Izanloo, et.al. Anesthesia Pain Medicine. October, 2015. access here.

2. Weaning and Extubation Assisted with Conversational Hypnosis: A Systematic Review. Johan Wormser, et.al. Research Square. July 6, 2021. access here.

3. Nurses’ perception of integrating an innovative clinical hypnosis–derived intervention into outpatient chemotherapy treatments. Danny Hjeij, et.al Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. Vol. 32; # 3:2022. access here.

4. Hypnosis for pain and anxiety management in cognitively impaired older adults undergoing scheduled lumbar punctures: a randomized controlled pilot study. Pauline Courtois-Amiot, et.al. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy. 1: September, 2022. access here.

 

Effective Ways of Managing Your Stress

By John Edwards, BS

What is Stress?

Stress is a common issue that people face daily. It can come from work, family, friends, and many other sources. While some stress is normal, too much stress can have negative effects on your health. Managing stress is important to maintain your health and well-being. There are many ways to manage stress, including exercise, relaxation techniques, and talking to someone you trust.

In the article quoted below, it discusses 15 simple ways you can help manage your stress. They range from simple and easy techniques you can do to more complex stress management strategies such as goal setting. All of them can be done in less than 5 minutes. For the full list please review the link below:

“Does it feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to manage stress in your life? You’re not alone. We all have stress in our lives, and not knowing how to manage time and stress is a recipe for disaster, particularly for our mental health. Responsibilities relating to our family, friends, work, health, and more can become very demanding, and it may feel like you don’t have time for stress-management skills. But if you know how to manage your time, you can find little ways to manage stress. The trick is to know what you can do for yourself in small quantities of time. In order to stay healthy, happy, and productive even when you’re experiencing a lot of stress, it’s important to understand how and where you can incorporate quick stress-relieving activities throughout your day.”

15 Ways to Manage Stress When You Only Have 5 Minutes or Less. By Lauren Presutti. Life After Paralysis. Nov 2nd, 2022.
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Defining Stress

When it comes to stress, there is no one-size-fits-all definition. Stress is a unique experience that differs from person to person. However, there are some common themes when it comes to what stresses people out.

For many people, stress is caused by external factors such as work, school, or family obligations. These demands can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of anxiety, worry, and helplessness. Other people may experience stress as a result of internal factors such as chronic illness or insecurity.

No matter the cause, stress can have serious consequences on your physical and mental health. It’s important to find healthy ways to manage your stress in order to avoid these negative effects. Some effective stress management techniques include exercise, relaxation techniques like deep breathing, and journaling.

The Effects of Stress:

Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us or hurt us depending on how we manage it. When stress is managed in positive ways, it can lead to better health, improved productivity, and increased resilience. On the other hand, unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and even physical illness.

There are a variety of effective stress management techniques that can help us keep our stress levels in check. We can combat stress in a few different ways such as using relaxation techniques or making lifestyle changes. By taking some time out for ourselves to de-stress on a regular basis, we can minimize the negative effects of stress and live happier, healthier lives.

Managing Stress -Relaxation Techniques:

Whether you’re dealing with the stress of a hectic work schedule or coping with the demands of family life, finding ways to manage your stress is essential for maintaining your health and well-being. While there are many different approaches to managing stress, relaxation techniques can be particularly effective in reducing stress levels and promoting calmness and peace of mind.

There are a variety of different relaxation techniques that you can try, depending on what works best for you. One popular option is progressive muscle relaxation, which involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups throughout the body. This helps to release tension from the muscles and promote overall relaxation.

Deep breathing exercises are another great way to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. Simply take a deep breath in through your nose, filling your lungs as much as possible. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth. It helps to mentally imagine your stressor being force out of your body and disappearing into the wind.

Managing Stress – Lifestyle Changes:

Stress management is a very important aspect of our lives. It is necessary to learn how to manage stress in order to maintain our health and well-being. There are many different ways to manage stress, but one of the most important things you can do is to make lifestyle changes.

There are many different factors that can contribute to stress, and it is important to identify what these are in order to make the necessary changes. One of the most important things you can do is to get enough sleep. This will help your body to recover from the day and reduce the amount of stress hormones that are produced.

Exercise is another great way to reduce stress levels. It helps to release endorphins, which have mood-boosting properties. In addition, it can also help to improve your sleep quality. Exercise also allows you to focus your mental energies on something other than what’s bothering you.

When to Seek Help:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, you’re not alone. Stress is a common problem that can have serious consequences for your health. If you’re struggling to cope with stress, it’s important to get help.

There are many ways to get help for stress. You can talk to your doctor about your stress and how it’s affecting your health. Your doctor can provide support and resources to help you manage your stress. You can also talk to a counselor or therapist about how to better cope with stress.

If you’re experiencing severe stress, you may need medication to help you manage it. Medication can be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of stress and help you feel more in control. If you’re considering medication for stress, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, stress management is an important tool that can be used in order to improve one’s quality of life. It is important to identify the sources of stress in one’s life and to find healthy coping mechanisms in order to reduce the negative effects of stress. With proper stress management, individuals can improve their overall well-being and find greater success in both their personal and professional lives.

Stress Management Consulting is a growing profession. Mental health care professionals as well as large corporations recognize the need for relaxation not only in professional careers but in private lives as well. If you are interested in learning about becoming certified in stress management then you should visit our Stress Management Consultant certification program webpage – Please Click Here https://aihcp.net/stress-management-consulting-certification/

Additional Resources:

Effects of stress on immune function: the good, the bad, and the beautiful. Dhabhar, F.S. Immunol Res 58, 193–210 (2014).
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Effects of stress and mental toughness on burnout and depressive symptoms: A prospective study with
young elite athletes. Markus Gerber, et al. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Volume 21, Issue 12, December 2018, Pages 1200-1205
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Stress management techniques for students.Kassymova, et al. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Personality Formation in Modern Society (ICTPPFMS 2018) PB – Atlantis Press
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Stress management techniques: evidence-based procedures that reduce stress and promote health. Liza Varvogli, et al . Health Science Journal – (2011) Volume 5, Issue 2
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Energy Medicine: Its Future is Now

By: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC,
       Master EFT Practitioner

The future is energy medicine (1). This is the medicine of the future that will allow us to heal ourselves and others with the power of our minds. It is a form of alternative medicine that is based on the belief that our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves. Energy medicine is said to be able to promote healing by restoring balance to the body’s energy systems. This type of medicine is becoming more popular as more people are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

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Observational medicine has encountered several barriers when it comes to the treating of chronic conditions. This has encouraged some people to turn to energy medicine in order to treat their ailments. It appears like an alternative remedy that might sound unfounded in theory yet, in actuality, has proven its effectiveness.

Energy medicine is not a new fad. It has been around for eons. The Chinese have been practicing it over thousands of years as have other cultures. All living things have an energy field and emit and absorb electromagnetic radiation. A person’s health is dependent on the natural flow of this energy. When it is disrupted, imbalances can occur, resulting in disease and illness.

There are several energy modalities being practiced today, including emotional freedom technique and acupuncture and pranic healing. Others are qigong, reiki, therapeutic touch, and tai chi. We will explore these in more detail.

The Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotion Freedom Technique(2)  is another method that use acupressure to relieve energy blockage on key points and chakras of the body.  It can address the emotional reasons behind the illness or condition. By focusing on different aspects of the problem, and then tapping on key points on the face, hands and chest, blockage of energy can be relieved and symptoms can be alleviated. This method can be easily learned and applied with virtually no side effects.

The emotional freedom technique is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses the body’s energy meridians to relieve stress and negative emotions. The technique is based on the belief that emotions are caused by imbalances in the body’s energy meridians, and that these imbalances can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. EFT is a form of therapy that works by tapping on the meridians. The theory behind EFT is that when we tap on the meridians, we are able to balance the energy in our bodies and clear any blockages that may be causing us problems. By clearing these blockages, we are able to improve our physical and emotional well-being.

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The meridian system is a network of energy pathways that run throughout the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these pathways are responsible for transporting qi (or life force energy) throughout the body. Acupuncture and acupressure are two common modalities that work by stimulating these points along the meridians in order to promote balance and health.

The emotional freedom technique, also known as “tapping,” is a form of psychological acupuncture that uses acupressure points on the body to help relieve stress and anxiety. Tapping has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, PTSD, and phobias. The benefits of tapping include improved mood, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being. The emotional freedom technique has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, and in improving mood and well-being.

There is a growing body of research that suggests the emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an effective intervention for reducing psychological distress and improving well-being. EFT is a form of energy psychology that uses acupressure points to help balance the body’s energy systems and alleviate stress. Studies have found that EFT is associated with reductions in anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms, as well as improvements in quality of life and positive emotion.

Roger Callahan is a psychologist who developed thought field therapy, a type of alternative therapy. The therapy is based on the idea that negative emotions are caused by disruptions in the body’s energy field, and that these disruptions can be corrected by tapping on specific points on the body. Dr. Callahan is famous for his dramatic cure of a client with a long-standing water phobia using thought field therapy. Our of thought field therapy, the emotional freedom technique was born. Thought Field Therapy remains a very popular and effective energy medicine modality today.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another method that has become more mainstream and is based on the same principles as EFT. There are over 2000 acupuncture points on the body. Energy flows between those points. Needles are inserted into these areas and turned, which can correct the imbalances created by the energy blockages.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at specific points. Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, it is thought that acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and, in turn, the release of chemicals in the brain that can help to alleviate pain.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests acupuncture can have positive psychological effects. For example, one study found that acupuncture can help reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients (1). Other research has shown that acupuncture can help improve quality of life and reduce stress in people with various health conditions (2). Acupuncture may work by stimulating the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins.

Pranic Healing

Pranic healing(3) is a form of energy medicine that uses the body’s own life force to heal itself. It is based on the belief that the body is composed of energy, and that this energy can be used to heal the body. Pranic healing is said to be able to help the body heal itself by working with the body’s own energy. Life force energy is the energy that animates and sustains all living things. It is also known as prana, ki, chi, mana, and other names in different cultures. This energy is thought to be essential for life and health, and it is believed to flow through the body in specific pathways called meridians.

Pranic healing is a modality that uses actual physical sweeping of the hands to remove negative, contaminated energy from the body. Care has to be taken so that the healer does not absorb that energy into his own energy field or aura. Cleansing exercises must be practiced daily to keep the healer clear.  Pranic healers don’t use their own energy but act as a conduit and receive energy from outside themselves. They can infuse this energy into their patients and promote rapid healing. Everyone has the capacity to heal themselves. This is a method that can be learned in a few hours, and you don’t have to be a natural healer to get results.

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic touch(5)  is an energy medicine modality that uses the practitioner’s hands to direct and balance the patient’s energy field. The goal of therapeutic touch is to promote healing by restoring the natural flow of energy within the body.

The practitioner’s hands are used to assess the patient’s energy field and then to direct and manipulate the flow of energy. The practitioner may also use light touch or other techniques to help balance the patient’s energy field. There are many benefits of Therapeutic touch. This type of therapy can help to improve circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation. It can also help to increase range of motion and flexibility, and to improve the functioning of the immune system. Therapeutic touch can also be used to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Reiki

Reiki(6) is a form of energy medicine that uses the universal life force energy to promote healing. The therapist will place their hands on or near the client’s body in a series of hand positions. The therapist will then channel the energy into the client’s body to promote healing. Reiki can be used to help with physical, mental, and emotional issues.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that reiki, an energy medicine modality, can be effective in the treatment of various conditions. A number of studies have shown that reiki can be helpful in reducing pain, improving quality of life, and reducing stress and anxiety. While the exact mechanism by which reiki works is not yet fully understood, it is thought to work by balancing the body’s energy fields and promoting healing.

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Qigong

Qigong(7)is an energy medicine modality that has been used for centuries in China. It is based on the belief that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated to promote health and healing. Qigong practitioners use a variety of techniques, including body movement, meditation, and breath control, to balance the body’s energy.

Qigong is a type of energy medicine that uses specific movements and breath work to improve the flow of qi, or life energy, in the body. Qi is said to be the underlying life force that helps to maintain health and vitality. When qi is blocked or not flowing properly, it is believed to lead to illness and disease. Qigong practitioners use various techniques to help unblock and move qi through the body, thereby promoting healing and balance.

Tai Chi

Tai chi(8) is a martial art that originated in China. It is based on the principle of yin and yang, which is the idea that two opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion” because it stresses the importance of balance, harmony, and inner peace. The practice of tai chi involves slow, deliberate movements that are meant to be gentle and relaxing.

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that incorporates both physical and mental exercise. Though often considered a form of “energy medicine,” tai chi’s efficacy in treating various medical conditions has not been extensively studied. Some small-scale studies have suggested that tai chi may improve balance and coordination, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost overall well-being; however, more research is needed to confirm these claims.

 

Energy Psychology

Energy psychology (9) is a field of study that emerged out of energy medicine. Energy medicine is based on the idea that the human body has an energy field that can be manipulated for healing purposes. Energy psychology takes this concept one step further, and posits that the mind also has an energy field that can be impacted in order to achieve psychological goals.

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Mind Geometry series. Abstract design made of Human profile, math and design elements on the subject of reason, science, technology and education

Energy psychology is a field of study that explores the relationship between energy and psychological states. It is based on the premise that our thoughts and emotions are connected to our physical bodies through an energy system, and that imbalances in this system can lead to psychological distress. Energy psychology techniques aim to restore balance to the energy system, and thus alleviate psychological symptoms.

Conclusion

The future of energy medicine looks very promising. With advances in technology, we are able to harness more and more of the body’s natural energy to heal. Energy medicine has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, and as we continue to research and develop new techniques, we will only be able to help more and more people.

Whether you believe in energy medicine or not, there are many people that have been helped or even cured of their afflictions because of it.  Also, energy medicine doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. It can complement whatever conventional treatments you are doing. Everyone has the ability to heal, you just need to know how to tap into it.

Become an EFT Master Practitioner

Are you a health care professional who is interested in becoming a Master EFT Practitioner? The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. offers a full curriculum of online continuing education courses leading to Certification as a Master Practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique and Meridian Health Tapping. The program includes online video instruction on-demand, as well as  textbooks, handouts and a practicum course. It is a comprehensive program and students can earn 129 contact hours of continuing education which have Board approvals. To learn more, you may preview our program: access here.

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4. What is Pranic Healing? Pranic Healing Research Institute. access here.
5. Therapeutic Touch. Wikipedia. access here
6. What is Reiki and Does it Really Work? Cleveland Clinic. Healthessentials. August 30, 2021.
7. QiGong: What you Need to Know. National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health. US Dept of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. access here.
8. Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress. Mayo Clinic Staff. Health Lifestyle Stress Management. Mayo Clinic. access here.
9. Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. access here.

Suggested Readings

1. Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health. Donna Bach, et. al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. Feb 19, 2019. access here.
2. Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Control Trial. Stapleton, P., et.al. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,12(8), 869-877:2020. access here.
3. Borrowing Benefits: Group Treatment With Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques Is Associated With Simultaneous Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression Symptoms. Dawson Church, et.al. Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine. Feb 22, 2018. access here.
4. Breathing therapy and emotional freedom techniques on public speaking anxiety in Turkish nursing students: A randomized controlled study. Berna Dincer, et.al. Explore. Vol 18;(2):2022. access here.

 

How Nursing Management Can Help Lower Serious Safety Events

By James M Katz, BA

The Role of the Chief Nurse in Ensuring Employee and Patient Safety:

As the chief nurse, it is your responsibility to ensure that serious safety events are prevented and reduced in your facility. In order to do this, you must be aware of the potential risks and hazards that exist in your facility. You must also have a system in place to identify these risks and hazards. Once you have identified the risks and hazards, you must implement strategies to mitigate them. Some strategies you may consider include:

-Educating staff on proper safety procedures: What instructions are you providing to your staff in regards to their safety?

-Conducting regular safety audits: How are you testing your staff safety readiness?

-Implementing security measures: Are you giving your staff the proper tools and policies to protect themselves as well as the patients?

-Creating a culture of safety in your facility: Are you cultivating a positive and safe working environment?

By taking these steps, you can help reduce the occurrence of serious safety events in your facility.

This article helps illustrate key points in employee and patient safety and how Nurse Management can implement strategies to proactively prevent common safety issues. Issues like; patient falls, common medication errors, lowering the chance of hospital acquired infections, and having resolutions in place to combat them. This article will not only help you identify potential safety hazards but also perhaps help you come up with policy solutions to prevent them from happening in the first place!

Lanie Ward: The most common patient safety issues that I see through my eyes as a CNO are [these] three: medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, and patient falls. There’s no question that med errors happen with the greatest frequency. Many of them cause no harm to the patient, but some do cause severe harm and even result in patient death. That’s why it’s so important that we carefully evaluate all med errors, even if there was no harm.”

Chief Nurse: How to Reduce Serious Safety Events. By Carol Davis. Healthleaders.com. October 17, 2022
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The Importance of Communication and Collaboration Among Staff:

It is essential for staff members to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with one another. Good communication ensures that everyone is on the same page and can work together efficiently to achieve common goals. It also allows for the sharing of ideas and knowledge, which can lead to better decision making and improved outcomes.

Furthermore, collaboration among staff members helps to build team morale and cohesion. When staff members are able to work together towards a common goal, it builds trust and respect for one another. This, in turn, leads to a more positive work environment where employees are more engaged and productive.

Good communication and collaboration are essential for any organization or business that wants to be successful. By fostering a culture of open communication and teamwork, businesses can create an environment where employees can thrive and reach their full potential.

Strategies for Reducing Falls and Other Common Safety Events:

Falls are one of the most common safety events in healthcare. They can lead to serious injury, and even death. However, there are strategies that healthcare managers can use to reduce the incidence of falls.

One strategy is to identify patients who are at risk for falling. This includes patients who are elderly, have a history of falling, or have certain medical conditions that make them more likely to fall. Once at-risk patients have been identified, steps can be taken to make sure they are being closely monitored.

Another strategy is to create a “fall prevention team”. This team should consist of nurses, doctors, and any other staff members who regularly interact with patients. The team should meet on a regular basis to discuss fall prevention strategies and share any new information about at-risk patients.

The Benefits of Using Data to Identify Trends and Target Interventions:

Nursing data is a powerful tool that can be used to identify trends and target healthcare interventions. By analyzing nursing data, healthcare professionals can develop more effective management strategies that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

Nursing data can be used to track changes in patients’ health over time, identify potential risk factors for certain conditions, and evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments. By understanding these trends, healthcare providers can tailor their interventions to more effectively address the needs of their patients.

In addition, nursing data can help assess the impact of external factors on patients’ health. For example, by tracking emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions, nurses can identify patterns that may be indicative of problems with access to care or poor quality of care. By using this information to target specific interventions, nurses can help improve the overall quality of healthcare delivery.

Conclusion: the Chief Nurse’s Role in Improving Patient Safety:

In conclusion, the chief nurse’s role in improving patient safety is essential. The chief nurse is responsible for ensuring that nurses are competent and safe, and for setting the tone for a culture of safety in the organization. The chief nurse can make a difference in patient safety by promoting a culture of safety, by leading by example, and by advocating for patients’ rights.

If you are a chief nurse or part of the nursing management staff and would like to further your knowledge and become a certified Nurse Management professional then perhaps you would like to visit our Nurse Management Certification Program? You can access our program and the required online courses here – Nurse Management CE Courses 

Additional Resources:

Control of hospital acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance in Europe: the way to go. Friedrich, A.W.  Wien Med Wochenschr 169 (Suppl 1), 25–30 (2019).
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Reducing hospital-acquired infections and improving the rational use of antibiotics in a developing country: an effectiveness study. Murni IK, Duke T, Kinney S, et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2015;100:454-459.
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Can Rounding Reduce Patient Falls in Acute Care? An Integrative Literature Review Hicks, Darlene. Medsurg Nursing; Pitman Vol. 24, Iss. 1,  (Jan/Feb 2015): 51-55.
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Patient safety culture as perceived by operating room professionals: a mixed-methods study. Aouicha, W., Tlili, M.A., Sahli, J. et al. BMC Health Serv Res 22, 799 (2022).
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Substance Abuse Care Found to be very Effective via Telehealth

By: Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC, FACHE
Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse
Executive Director The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

 

Substance abuse care has traditionally been delivered in person, but a new study has found that telehealth can be just as effective. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, followed a group of patients who were receiving care for substance abuse via telehealth. The researchers found that the patients who received care via telehealth were just as likely to stay in treatment and abstain from substance use as those who received in-person care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many doctors to get creative with their treatment methods, including the use of telehealth to treat patients with opioid addiction. This is because traditional in-person treatments are not possible during the pandemic. Telehealth allows doctors to provide care to patients remotely, which is crucial for ensuring that patients with opioid addiction continue to receive the treatment they need.

In this US NEWS Article, author Cara Murez, presents the findings from a new study released by the Yale School of Public Health. This study consisted of survey research of more than 1,100 physicians who treated opioid-use disorder patients via telehealth.

“Researchers found that 6 out of every 7 physicians were in favor of making this temporary telehealth flexibility a permanent part of their practice. More than 75% said they would like to continue using telehealth after the COVID pandemic if regulations permitted.”

Most Docs Want Telehealth for Opiod Abuse Treatment to Stick Around. Cara Murez. US NEWS. October 17, 2022.

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Care of patients with opiod addictions research shows telehealth is a viable option for their treatment. In a study done by the University of Colorado, it was found that patients who used telehealth for their care had better outcomes than those who did not. The study found that patients who used telehealth were more likely to remain in treatment and less likely to relapse. This is an important finding as it shows that telehealth can be an effective tool in the treatment of opiod addiction.

The flexibility of telehealth would allow more individuals to access life-saving treatment for opioid addiction. This would increase the number of people who are able to receive treatment and improve the chances of success for those who are struggling with addiction. By expanding the availability of treatment, we can make a significant impact on the opioid epidemic and save lives.

The number of people that die from opiod addiction is staggering. In the United States alone, the number of people dying from opiod addiction has quadrupled in the last fifteen years. This is a national tragedy that requires a concerted effort to address.

Factors leading to Opiod Abuse

There are many factors that contribute to the high number of deaths from opiod addiction. One is the widespread availability of opiates, both legal and illegal. Another factor is the lack of access to treatment for those suffering from addiction.

The lack of access to treatment for opioid addiction is a major problem facing our society today. There are many reasons for this problem, but the most important one is the stigma surrounding addiction. Too often, people view addicts as weak or morally corrupt, and this makes it difficult for them to get the help they need. Additionally, many insurance companies do not cover addiction treatment, which makes it even more difficult for addicts to get the help they need.

Benefits of Telehealth Counseling

There are numerous benefits of telehealth patient care, including improved access to care, increased convenience, and improved clinical outcomes. Telehealth can also help to reduce healthcare costs by reducing travel time and expenses for patients and providers alike. In addition, telehealth services can improve continuity of care by providing patients with easier access to their providers and medical records.

Patient counseling by telehealth is the process of providing counseling and support to patients via telephone or video conferencing. This type of counseling can be beneficial for patients who live in remote areas or who have difficulty accessing traditional counseling services. Telehealth counseling can also be helpful for patients who prefer to receive counseling in the privacy of their own homes.

Patients often feel that telehealth counseling is more private and confidential than in-person counseling. This may be due to the increased sense of anonymity that telehealth provides. Patients may also feel more comfortable discussing sensitive topics in the privacy of their own homes. Telehealth can also provide a sense of flexibility and convenience that is not always possible with in-person counseling.

Telehealth and Medication Prescribing

The use of telehealth to prescribe medications for opioid abuse is becoming increasingly popular. There are many advantages to using telehealth to prescribe medications, including the ability to reach a larger number of patients, the ability to provide more individualized care, and the ability to reduce the risk of medication errors.

Health care providers can prescribe medications and send them directly to pharmacies using telehealth technology. This process allows patients to receive their medications more quickly and conveniently. In addition, it helps to ensure that patients take their medications as prescribed and reduces the risk of medication errors.

Emergency Visits by Telehealth

There is growing evidence that emergency sessions for opioid abuse patients can be done effectively by telehealth. A recent study found that patients who participated in emergency telehealth sessions had a significant reduction in craving scores and were more likely to stay in treatment.

Emergency sessions for opioid abuse patients can be done by telehealth as needed in order to provide the patient with the necessary care and support they need. This is a significant advantage for patients and providers and can be life-saving. Providers can quickly call community rescue services if  their assessment of the patient finds the patient to be in any type of danger physically or emotionally.

Continuum of Care

A full continuum of care is possible for opioid and other types of substance abusers with telehealth. This means that individuals can receive services and support at every stage of their addiction, from initial treatment and detoxification to long-term recovery and maintenance. Telehealth can provide access to a variety of care providers, including counselors, psychiatrists, and physicians, who can work together to create an individualized care plan.

In conclusion,it is evident that telehealth has many benefits in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. It is convenient, accessible, and anonymous. Telehealth also allows for a more individualized approach to treatment. It is important to continue to research and develop telehealth services in order to provide the best possible care for those suffering from substance abuse disorders.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities today in the specialty practice of substance abuse and addictive disorders. If you are a health care professional and are interested in learning about this practice specialty; the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. offers a full program of continuing education and certification in Substance Abuse Counseling leading to Certification as a Substance Abuse Practitioner. You may preview information on this program: access here.

Additional Resources

Understanding the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility Operations and Patient Success: Evidence From Mississippi. Devon Meadowdcroft, et.al. Sage Journals. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. May 13, 2022. Access here.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 and the Impact on Substance Use Disorder Treatments. Osnat C.Melamed, et.al. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. Vol. 45, Issue # 1: March 2022. Access here.

Using telehealth to improve buprenorphine access during and after COVID-19: A rapid response initiative in Rhode Island. Seth A. Clark, et.al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Vol. 124: May 2021. Access here.

Telehealth Capability Among Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facilities in Counties With High Versus Low COVID-19 Social Distancing. Jonathan Cantor, et.al. Journal of Addiction Medicine. December 2020. Access here.

Satisfaction among the Elderly with Telehealth during the Covid-19 Pandemic

By James M. Katz, BA

Telehealth is a rapidly growing field in the healthcare industry that uses technology to deliver care and services remotely. Telehealth can be used for a variety of purposes, including appointments, consultations, prescriptions, and follow-ups.

While telehealth has many benefits, including increased access to care, improved quality of care, and lower costs, there are some challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges include provider training and reimbursement, as well as ensuring patient privacy and security.

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Is Telehealth growing?

The article below discusses how health care professionals turned to telehealth as a way to deliver their services to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. The patients in the study were mostly elderly and from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Most scored their satisfaction 6 out of 7. Some of the patients did not find telehealth enjoyable and preferred inpatient treatment. The following article goes into further detail.

“Amid the implementation of restrictions on in-person care during the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients and providers turned to telehealth. Telehealth helped maintain care access during this time, especially for seniors, but researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center wanted to determine patient satisfaction levels among the geriatric population that used virtual care.

For the study, they sent a patient satisfaction questionnaire to 278 patients over 65, 208 of whom completed the survey. The study period ranged from April 2020 to June 2021.”

Older Adults Satisfied with Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic, Mark Melchionna, mHealth Intelligence. October 10, 2022
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Satisfaction of Telehealth:

Patients who used telehealth were more likely to report satisfaction with their care, including feeling more connected to their doctor and having better communication with their provider. They were also more likely to say they felt involved in their own care and that their care was coordinated.

Patients who used telehealth were also more likely to report better health outcomes, including fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and better management of chronic conditions.

Benefits of Telehealth:

In recent years, telehealth has become an increasingly popular option for older adults. Telehealth allows patients to consult with their doctors remotely, using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This can be especially beneficial for older adults who may have difficulty travelling to see their doctor in person.

There are a number of reasons why telehealth may be a good option for older adults. First, it can help them save time and money on travel costs. Second, it can provide them with more flexibility in terms of when and where they can consult with their doctor. And third, it can give them peace of mind knowing that they can still receive high-quality care even if they are not able to physically visit their doctor’s office.

In the past, patients had to physically go to a doctor’s office or hospital for medical care. This is no longer the case with the advent of telehealth, which allows patients to receive care remotely using technology. There are many benefits of telehealth, including increased access to care, improved outcomes, and lower costs.

Disadvantages of Telehealth:

Although telehealth has the potential to improve access to care, there are a few potential disadvantages of using telehealth services, especially when compared to in-person visits with healthcare providers. One such disadvantage is that patients may not be able to get the same level of care through a virtual visit as they would if they were meeting with their provider face-to-face.

Another potential downside to telehealth is that it can be difficult to build rapport and trust with your provider when you’re not meeting in person. This can be especially true if you’re using video conferencing for your visits, as it can be harder to read body language and cues when you’re not in the same room as the other person.

Finally, there’s always the possibility that technology will fail during a telehealth visit, which could lead to disruptions in care or even put patient safety at risk.

Is Telehealth for you?

When it comes to your health, you want the best care possible. You want to be able to see a doctor when you need to and get the treatments you need to feel better. But what if you can’t always get to the doctor’s office? What if you don’t have transportation or you live in a rural area? Telehealth might be the solution for you.

There are many benefits of telehealth. It increases access to care, especially for those who live in rural areas or who have transportation issues.

In conclusion, telehealth is a growing field that is changing how healthcare is delivered. It has the potential to improve access to care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. However, there are challenges that need to be addressed, such as reimbursement, workforce issues, and technology infrastructure. With the right policies and investments in place, telehealth can help transform the healthcare system and improve the health of Americans.

Health Care Management:

Are you a health care professional who is interested in becoming certified as a Health Care Manager? If so, please review the Health Care Manager and Nurse Management Certification programs offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. The program is based on open enrollment and is self-paced, meaning you are free to start whenever you are ready and you can move through it at your own speed. All of the exams are 100% online. The CE courses have board approvals as well. To begin, you may preview our program by Clicking Here.

Additional Resources:

Patient and family engagement: a survey of US hospital practices. Jeph Herrin, Et.Al. PMC PubMed Central Epub  June 16, 2015.
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VA/Pitt Study Shows Telehealth Effective, Preferred for Veterans’ Wheelchair Design and Fit. Sheila Tunney. University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, December 2020.
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Strategies for Evaluating Telehealth. Dr. John Chuo Et.Al. American Academy of Pediatrics Volume 146 Issue 5. November 1, 2020
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Patient and clinician experiences with telehealth for patient follow-up care. Karen Dolenan Et.Al. The American Journal of Managed Care, 01  25(1):40-44 PMID: 30667610 January 2019.
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Meditation and Yoga: They both have Benefits

Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC
Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse

 

The benefits of meditation and yoga are vast and varied. They can help to improve mental and physical well-being, increase focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and boost immunity. Additionally, meditation and yoga can help to increase self-awareness, foster a greater sense of self-compassion and acceptance, and promote more positive thinking patterns.

There are many similarities between meditation and yoga, which is why they are often practiced together. Both involve the use of breath control, focus, and mindfulness. In both practices, the goal is to quiet the mind and achieve a state of relaxation. Additionally, both meditation and yoga can be used as tools for self-improvement and personal growth.

In this article, Yoga and meditation: What are the real health benefits? author Kat Bayly presents us with some interesting information on both modalities and outlines the benefits of both practices. She also shows how both practices can be combined and often are to enhance the experiences. This interesting read will enhance your understanding of using both modalities as complimentary practices to one another to gain better health outcomes in your meditation and yoga practices.

“While meditation primarily works on your mind and thought patterns, yoga moves your body and can help improve your fitness. This isn’t to say that yoga doesn’t work with your mind and improve your mental health. Research has found that yoga can have a positive effect on your mental health too and meditation can also benefit you physically.”

 

 

Yoga and meditation: what are the real health benefits? Bayly, Kat. LiveScience. October 8, 2022. Access article here

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Benefits of Meditation

There are many health benefits associated with meditation. Some of these benefits include reducing stress, improving cardiovascular health, and reducing pain. Meditation has also been shown to improve cognitive function and increase brain activity. Meditation has been shown to provide a number of benefits for the body. These benefits include reducing stress, improving sleep quality, and reducing pain perception. Meditation has also been shown to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and improving heart rate variability. Additionally, meditation has been shown to boost the immune system and improve cognitive function.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for the mind in a number of ways. First, it can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. This is because meditation helps to promote a state of relaxation and calmness. In addition, meditation can also help to improve concentration and focus. This is due to the fact that it helps to quiet the mind and allows one to focus on a single thought or object. Finally, meditation has also been shown to help improve sleep quality.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for spiritual well-being. In a study of over 3,500 adults, researchers found that those who meditated had higher levels of self-actualization and self-transcendence than those who did not meditate. Meditation has also been found to increase feelings of connectedness and positivity, and to decrease anxiety and depression. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also help to improve focus, concentration, and memory.

Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga on the body are numerous. From improving flexibility and joint range of motion to reducing stress levels, there is something for everyone. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga is its ability to improve posture and alleviate pain. By lengthening and stretching the muscles, yoga can help to realign the spine and reduce tension in the shoulders and neck. In addition, the deep breathing associated with yoga helps to oxygenate the blood and promote healing.

The benefits of yoga on the mind are numerous and well-documented. Yoga can help to improve mental clarity and focus, while also reducing stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality and promote a sense of well-being. There is also evidence to suggest that yoga can help to reduce symptoms of depression.

The benefits of yoga on the spiritual are many and varied. For some, yoga provides a way to connect with their higher power or to develop a deeper understanding of their own spirituality. For others, yoga may be a way to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. Additionally, yoga can help to improve focus and concentration, and promote a sense of peace and well being. Ultimately, the benefits of yoga on the spiritual are unique to each individual and will depend on their own personal journey. Many have claimed profound spiritual experiences during yoga sessions.

Types of Meditation and Yoga

There are many different types of meditation, but some of the most common include mindfulness meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and Zen meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that involves focusing on your breath and being aware of your thoughts and sensations without judgement. Transcendental Meditation is a type of meditation that involves repeating a mantra or sound to help you focus and reach a state of deep relaxation. Zen meditation is a type of meditation that involves sitting in silence and focusing on your breath.

There are many different types of yoga, but some of the most common are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga. Hatha yoga is a more gentle form of yoga, while Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga are more physically challenging.

In conclusion, both meditation and yoga have benefits and can be practiced by anyone. Meditation can help to clear the mind and focus on the present, while yoga can help to improve flexibility and strength. They are both beneficial in their own ways and can be enjoyed by all.

Meditation Education

Are you a health care professional, or an  ordained or licensed clergy who is interested in teaching meditation to others? If so, please review the Meditation Instructor Education and Certification program offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. The program is by distance education in online classroom with faculty mentoring as needed. There is open enrollment and you may begin your program at any time. Our CE courses have board approvals. To begin, you may preview our program by accessing here.

    Additional Resources

1. Meditation for CMT is a No Brainer. Lugo, Estela. Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. September 22, 2020. Access here.

2. 12 science-Based Benefits of Meditation. Thorpe, Matthew, et.al. Healthline. October 27, 2020. Access here.

3. A Systemic Review of Yoga Interventions for Helping Health Professionals and Students. Ciezar-Andersen, Sylwia, et.al. Complimentary Therapies in Medicine. Vol. 58; May 2021. Access here.

4. Yoga an effective strategy for self-management of stress-related problems and wellbeing during COVID19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study. Sahni, Pooja, et.al. PLOS ONE. February 10, 2021. Access here

How Meditation Training Can Help Your Career!

A young man stressed at work. Meditation training could help?

Success starts from within. Chaos and confusion will only give life to more disorder. The best leaders, regardless of their career fields, are confident, calm, and organized. A level headed manager leads to a level headed workforce. How to keep your cool when dealing with work related adversity? Simple. Meditation!

Meditation training can help exhaust the fires of frustration and anxiety. It can help clear the fog of war and allow one to come up with a solution to the day’s problems. But where to start and how to expand on your understanding of meditation? It is not hard to learn more about meditation. There are dozens of smart phone apps you can use as well as online resources and articles available to the public. You can also take courses in meditation to boost your knowledge. Many of them are available 100% online and are very affordable.

Below is a link to an excellent article about using meditation to create a successful career.

From – YourTango.com
By – Bhavna Dalal

Meditation becomes extremely important for leaders dealing with many dynamic situations — millions of issues to be resolved, making critical decisions that impact lives and resources at scale…

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Many very successful people use daily meditation as part of their routine. Once again because it allows them to approach situations and projects with a clear mind and removes any prejudice or personal bias. CEOs of fortune 500 companies use it and they are in the vanguard of industry! Isn’t it time we caught up? Start learning today and set yourself up for success! If you are interested in online meditation courses then perhaps you should visit our Meditation Instructor Certification page

 

 

 

Different Types of Meditation and Their Key Differences

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have all had a lot of time on our hands as well as a lot of new sources of stress! Some of us have turned to meditation as a way to remove stress from our lives or at the very least learn to live with it. There are several different types of meditation and not all of the are the same. Each with a unique skill set all their own. They range from prayer based meditation to the Hindu form of Raja Yoga. To learn more about them please read the article below:

From – Boothbay Register.

By – Lisa Kristoff

Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was the founder of Buddhism. One of his teachings was this: “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you filter it with positive thoughts your life will start to change.”

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Mindfulness and meditation both have unique qualities that lead to healthier lives. Please also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Certification

Transcendental Meditation, Centering Prayer Meditation, Guided Meditation and Raja Yoga should give us enough options to try something a little different in the new year. If you are Hinduist, Buddhist, Christian or Atheist; there is something for everyone! If you are interested in learning more about the types of meditation available to you then you might want to visit our Meditation Instructor Certification Program page.