Meditation reduces Stress

meditation-image-16Researchers in China and at the University of Oregon found that integrative body-mind training, or IBMT, is successful in relieving stress. Individuals trained in IBMT demonstrated lower levels of stress-related emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue. These participants, who had previously shown higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, exhibited enhanced performance of emotional and cognitive tasks after completing IBMT courses. This practice includes proper breathing techniques, improved posture, and the use of relaxing music and imagery in order to establish body-mind harmony, resulting in improved cognitive, emotional, and social behaviors. IBMT meditators displayed significant reductions in stress upon performing the practice on a regular basis.