Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have shown that specific brain wave patterns and stress negatively affect mental health, the mind-body connection along with the flow of life energy. As you can quickly see from the information below, an individual suffering from a chronic mental illness can improve their health by experiencing the Alpha and Theta brain wave states.
Beta “critical (nagging) mind”– Relates to your awake and thinking mind, stress, anxiety, worry, reasoning and critical thinking.
Alpha “intuitive mind”– Induces relaxation, improves memory, focus and visualization.
Theta “silent mind” – Goes deeper into the Subconscious, like a light sleep or meditation and enhances creativity. Changes in Alpha and Theta waves are imperative to long-term change.
Studies have found that energy-draining thoughts and feelings (Beta brain waves), like a busy mind, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, being on-edge, worry, and lack of motivation, can contribute to mental illness, adrenal fatigue, being tired and no energy, inability to sleep deeply through the night, weight gain, moody, “brain fog”, forgetfulness, high blood pressure, heart issues, burnout, muscle-joint pain and more.
One of the major integrative methods we use at SaJune Medical Center to target mental health is The Wellness Technique. It only takes 4 or 5 minutes to perform. Here is a step-by-step instruction on The Wellness Technique:
1. Find a quiet place to relax for a few minutes.
a. Position yourself comfortably in a chair or on the floor or even take a walk.
2. Place your non-dominant hand on the navel/belly. Focus there and breathe slightly deeper than normal.
3. Every time you breathe in, feel your belly gently push against your hand, as you say in your mind, “CALM.”
a. Every time you breathe out, feel your belly soften, as you say in your mind, “RELAX.”
4. Take a minute or two to start scanning your body from the top of your head all the way down to your toes. As you do this, relax each body part and its muscles as you focus on them. Keep breathing.
5. Think about and imagine something(s) you love to do that makes you feel calm, relaxed, healthy and strong. Maybe you can see colors.
6. With feeling, keep repeating your affirmation. Tailor the affirmation to your own faith or a word, sentence or phrase that has special meaning to you. For example, “I am relaxing and feeling good; my mind is calm.” Or, “Joy is inside me.”