Meditation is Medicine
The Science of Meditation and Stress Reduction
Mind Body Approach to Understanding Stress
Our life history and our view of the world impacts our assessments of what we believe are possible or not possible for us to achieve. These assessments further impact the typical moods we tend to fall into on a regular basis. Moods dictate the actions we will or will not take and create a “story” the body lives in. This is the mind body connection.
There is much we can do to alter that story by becoming mindful of our moods. Anxiety, resignation, resentment, and shame/embarrassment are stressful moods in and of themselves. What we think and how we feel has a huge impact on the way our bodies interpret stress. Developing an Observer Mind can help lower the effects of stress and balance blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Stress Management programs hat involve muscle relaxation, imagery, diaphragmatic breathing and learning ways to modify reactions to the Flight/Fight reaction have been associated with significant lowering of A1C levels.
Standardized exercise programs and Hatha Yoga practicehave been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar by 27% and 29% respectively. The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction technique demonstrated a lowering of A1C by nearly .5% after one month of daily practice. Improvements of <0.5% in Hb A1C have been associated with significant reduction in risk of microvascular complications.
A three month study showed that a combination of biofeedback and relaxation therapy helped participants change their response to stress and thereby lower the effects of stress hormones, such as cortisol.