The Relationship between Stress and Anxiety, and how Meditation may Resolve the State

An anxious state of mind is not a pleasant mental state to find yourself in. Whether it be social anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or any of the other variations of anxiety, they create a constant state of fear and helplessness in the affected individual. The relationship between stress and anxiety is especially interesting, in that they feed off of each other and create a self destructive cycle that works to make the anxious person suffer even more. Take for example, an individual with obsessive compulsive disorder who is anxious because on the way to work, they suddenly had the thought that they may have left open their front door. With the way unconscious habits operate, this is unlikely to be true. Yet they feel extreme stress and want to go home and check. Should they go home, they would be late for work and this creates further stress. It does not matter if they go home or to work, the anxiety and stress will continue to haunt them. Continue reading to see how Meditation helps anxiety and stress.

Anxiety can be reduced by NeuroFeedback brain training headset

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Depression and its Interactions with Meditation

Depression is a disorder that has the potential to destroy lives. Those suffering from the condition may lose the will to live, stop taking care of themselves and withdraw from society. Suicide is also attempted by those with depression, in fact, they are at a greater risk of ending their lives. Isolated, unsure of what is happening to them and yet unwilling to resolve the issue by virtue of their mental state – depression is an enemy that sticks close to your side, pretending to be your friend. For those suffering from this condition, every new day is a struggle to survive, simple getting out of bed can prove to be a huge challenge. Depending on the severity of the depression, the individual may completely isolate themselves, even from their loved ones.

NeuroFeedback Brain training anxiety solution

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FocusBand Co-Founder Henry Boulton’s Podcast Interview with Steve Riggs

Henry Boulton recently has done a podcast interview with Steve Riggs of The Lesson Tree about how in motion technology is changing lives. Listen to the full interview -> CLICK HERE

Below is the Summary:

When The FocusBand Was Born and How Many Tour Players Are Using It

Henry mentioned that there are 15 athletes using the FocusBand when he was asked by Steve as to how many tour players are using the FocusBand. Henry also mentioned that they have done work with Autralian Tour, Japanese and European tour. They started working on the FocusBand back then when they are training Japanese Tour players who are doing well physically and technically almost ideal in sleep, nutrition, everything was great. In their practice round they are awesome but when it comes to the tournament, they were missing cuts and not performing to the level that they could play. So Henry and his father Graham obviously knew that there is something wrong with the process and back there is nothing really out there that can measure the brain, nothing really that can make a difference so that is when they started building the FocusBand in 2009. That is when the FocusBand was born. From there they developed algorithms called Mushin which is when you get into that right brain state and that is your ideal brain performance state.

FocusBand Brain Sensing Headband in motion used in sports for sustained performance

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Beyond Performance Sports Event

Beyond Performance Sports was launched August 19, 2017. Beyond Performance Sports is a blended training program leveraging a psychological skills training program (PST) such as self-efficacy and imagery can be integrated with neural feedback, HRV, meditation and breathing routines for player development. The blended training program integrates meditation and breathing programs to enable player to manage their cognitive and somatic anxiety and emotion regulation. The BPS program also incorporates a neural feedback technology called FocusBand

Here are the topics discussed by the BPS’ Team of Experts.

Beyond Performance Sports' Team of Expert

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Stress

In today’s fast and hectic world, stress has become a common phenomenon in everybody’s life. It can be defined as the way one feels and reacts while dealing with pressures and challenges. One can also experience stress at school, within relationships or at the workplace. People may also be stressed while they try to cope up with either financial or health-related matters. There can be an enormous variation while responding to stress from individual to individual. For some people being stressed can actually be a motivating factor in their lives. The feeling is known as stress where a person strives to work even harder and is more focused. For other people, stress can restrict his or her focus and increase mistakes.

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Performance Anxiety

People who suffer from performance anxiety are frequently stressed out and get easily exhausted. There are some who cannot even focus because of their internal concentration. Performance anxiety can be detected quite easily when a person appears to be nervous and fidgety. There are cases though when some people though going through performance anxiety may look calm outwardly. However, brains of these people are never calm. In fact, there is no end to their thoughts. There could be internal chatter on a continuous basis, which may even rob them from their existing quality of life and disrupt their sleep. These people do not dwell in present. Rather they are always worrying about what will happen in the future or live in their past.

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Can Anxiety be Treated

Anxiety treatment can be medically, with psychological counseling, or independently. Ultimately, the treatment path depends on the cause of the anxiety and the patient’s preferences. Often treatments will consist of a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medications.

A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented.

Read the whole study here:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/D_Hammond/publication/260309936_Hammond_JAdultDevelop/links/0c960530b7c7e1b038000000/Hammond-JAdultDevelop.pdf

Can Anxiety be minimised by Training The Brain?

Anxiety is usually a person’s response to stress. With Neurofeedback brain training, you learn to moderate your response to stress, to minimize anxiety and occurs less frequently.

Stress, can be:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Dietary
  • Environmental sources, like loud noises.

Once a person’s brain gets locked into a pattern of anxiety, it can be difficult to break. For anxiety sufferers, learning how to modulate or turn off chronic stress responses is life changing.

Neurofeedback provides physiological assistance and helps people learn to change their responses to stress. With brain training, they can develop the skills they need to reduce or eliminate anxiety in their lives.

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What Is Meditation

Performance training app mental energy tank avatar for meditationMeditation is the art or process of calming down or slowing down the mind and just taking some time to stop the mind from overworking. By slowing down the mind you can help it recoup and rejuvenate itself to help it work better in the future. Just like our bodies need 7-8 hours of sleep every day the mind needs rest and relaxation too. The mind does not sleep when the body is sleeping so meditation is a great way to give your mind that rest and relaxation that it really needs.

Meditation can be done in a number of different ways and there is no one fixed way to meditate. Different kinds of people meditate in different ways and it’s up to them to meditate in whichever way they feel most comfortable and what suits them and their needs the best. You could sit in a calm and peaceful environment like your home garden, the neighborhood park or on the side of a mountain cliff and just close your eyes and breathe calmly and slowly. Some people chant mantras or meaningful words as they meditate and some don’t. Some play calming soft and soothing music as they meditate or listen to repetitive music or chants. Some people like to light scented or aromatic candles and sit in a dimly lit room so that they can be alone with their thoughts.

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Breathing With The Diaphragm

Breathing techniques or Diaphragmatic breathing are so simple that they can easily be overlooked. These are such powerful tools, yet many players have yet to buy in and take the time to perfect these skills.

Breathing has been referred to in some circles as the remote control for the brain. This is a great analogy yet a lot of golfers still do not practice this as part of their daily training regime.

Athletes that are educated about their breathing and its impact on performance, and are able to recognize and control their own arousal states, are the athletes that are going to be the most successful. They are the ones that are able to keep their wits about themselves and reach a state of “relaxed concentration.”

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