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Patrizia Collard PhD
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Meditation associated with structural changes in brain
practice of meditation appears to produce structural changes in areas of
the brain associated with attention and sensory processing. An imaging
study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers showed that
particular areas of the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain,
were thicker in participants who were experienced practitioners of a type
of meditation commonly practiced in the U.S. and other Western countries.
The article appears in the Nov. 15 issue of NeuroReport, and the research
also is being presented Nov. 14 at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in
"We also found evidence that mediation may slow down the aging-related atrophy of certain areas of the brain."
The current study enrolled 20 practitioners of Buddhist Insight meditation – which focuses on "mindfulness," a specific, nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind. They averaged nine years of mediation experience and practiced about six hours per week. For comparison, 15 people with no experience of meditation or yoga were enrolled as controls.
"The area where we see these differences is involved in both the modulation of functions like heart rate and breathing and also the integration of emotion with thought and reward-based decision making – a central switchboard of the brain," says Lazar.
|A new study by
Grant Thornton claims that over two thirds of UK business leaders are
working 45 hours or more per week and over half suffer from work-related
stress. The survey was carried out on 870 UK business leaders, some of
whom work up to 55 hours a week. The survey shows that stress among
business leaders in the workplace is at a phenomenal level and may become
the most dangerous risk to business in the early part of the 21st century.
Therefore companies would be well advised to regularly review and improve
their stress policy to ensure the continued well-being of employees.
STRESS IS NOT ALL IN THE MIND. IT IS ALSO IN THE GENES!!!
It has been known for some years that the 5-HTT gene impacts upon how
serotonin is used in the brain. New research by scientists at King's
College London, just published in Science, confirms that people with two
copies of the short version of the 5-HTT gene have more difficulty in
dealing with stress and are more likely to become overwhelmed and
depressed by multiple traumatic life events when compared to people who
have inherited two long versions of the 5-HTT genes. Those with two short
copies are 2.5 times more likely to become depressed. People who had
inherited both one long and one short version came out roughly in the
middle. Exact figures are: short-short 43% developed depression;
short-long 33% developed depression; long-long 17% developed depression.
Thus, the interplay between the number of traumatic life events and the
type of 5-HTT genes a person has inherited may impact upon whether the
person becomes depressed or not. It is worth noting that modern
antidepressants such as Prozac or Seroxat also work directly upon how the
brain uses serotonin. 19/7/03. (quoted from: Online Stress
BAD BOSSES RAISE EMPLOYEE'S BLOOD PRESSURE.
A new UK study has found that a 'bad boss' can raise an employee's blood
pressure. A boss described as "habitually unfair and unreasonable" could
cause a rise in blood pressure and cause a longer term risk of heart
attack or stroke, according to the study. The study of 28 female
healthcare assistants found those working for an 'unfair' boss registered
up to a 15mg Hg difference in systolic blood pressure and a 7 mm Hg
difference in diastolic. Fairness was defined as the giving of timely
feedback, praise, showing trust and respect, being consistent, impartial
and adaptable. The study, 'The effect on ambulatory blood pressure of
working under favourably and unfavourably perceived supervisors 2003' was
published in the journal: Occupational and Environmental Medicine; 60: pp
working hours affecting nation's sanity (Independent)
working culture is having a serious impact upon the nation's mental
health, a new survey will reveal. Compiled by the Mental Health
Foundation, the report says that 61 per cent of employees were
experiencing negative consequences in their personal life as a result of
long working hours.
Within the last two years, the amount of people working more than 60 hours a week has risen from one in eight to one in six – the highest level in Europe. The number of women working these hours has more than doubled.
The impact of these working hours is charted in the report Whose Life is it Anyway ? in it, 48 per cent of respondents said they had sacrificed exercise in order to work longer hours, 45 per cent said they had lost time with their partner, with a further 42 per cent neglecting friends and social activities. Many reported feeling irritable, anxious or depressed as a result, with a number citing specific mental health problems – including attempted suicide – as a direct result of pressure at work.
Diet and Mental Health
various sources (eg. Daniel Reid - The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity;
Dr. George Watson - Nutrition and your Mind) deficiency of vital nutrition
can cause mental illness (depression, phobias, violent behaviour
etc.) involving the malfunction of the enzyme systems.
The brain can only burn glucose. Any interruption to the steady supply of glucose in the bloodstream results in immediate impairment of brain functions such as emotional control. a person who follows a diet that excludes are carbohydrates and sugars is unable to provide sufficient supplies of glucose. Eliminating fat is another reason for brain-starvation as it is one of the best sources of food energy. The key to consuming fat is to avoid incompatible combinations of foods.
Regular exercise isn't just good for your body
|According to a
recent study - summer 2002 - by Mind (Britain's leading Mental health
Charity) regular exercise isn't just good for your body. It can also lift
your spirits and boost your self-esteem. Already 20 minutes of exercise
floods your bloodstream with endorphins - feel good chemicals.
|Autumn 2002 -
Professor Chris Idzikowsky, of the London Sleep Assessment and Advisory
Service, says that seven hours of sleep a day are probably the best.
Regularity is more important than going to bed before midnight as was
formerly believed. A dark room is important because it causes the pineal
gland in the brain to secrete more melatonin, which will increase the
depth of sleep. Around 18% C is probably the best room temperature to
induce healthy sleep. Aromatherapy oils that help to relax include
lavender, rose, bergamot and juniper berry. You can add a few drops to
your bath or burn them in an aromatherapy burner.
The Sunday Telegraph: 25.3.01 (shortened version)
sake, stop the work - I want to get off ...'
Stress can damage health, cost millions and affect your brand, but there are steps employers can take, says Cary Cooper (Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester School of Management).
Workplace stress is booming ... it will be a matter of time before employers will be bombarded with claims for compensation from stressed-out workers.
In recent months we have witnessed at least half a dozen cases of claimants being awarded up to 300.000,-- pounds.
But the greater danger lies in longer term damage to the company's reputation from bad publicity.
We live in a culture of 'presenteeism', making employees feel that being at work from very early to very late shows more loyalty and commitment to the organisation all in the vain hope they will be the last to be given the chop in the next wave of redundancies.
There are measures that employers can take to help employees cope better:
1) Risk assessment - familiarise yourself with the 'Health and Safety Executive guidelines' which offer information about the common sources of stress.
2) A 'stress audit' may help to diagnose any potential problems.
3) Commitment from the top of the organisation to recognise stress as a feature of modern industrial life and not as a sign of weakness.
4) 21st century motto: IGNORE STRESS AT YOUR PERIL
|Guardian March 17, 2001 'All stressed up and no place to go'|
million working days and £ 12 billion a year are lost through illness
brought on by pressure of work. Stress in the workplace counts for more
days off than the common cold. More than one in 10 executives seek medical
help because of stress at work.
The causes of these enormous levels of stress: increased casualisation resulting in the constant need to prove yourself, corporate expansion pushing workers further away from an end product, squashing thus the satisfaction of productivity, heightened awareness of profitability meaning employees have to work harder and longer and finally ownership structures across national bounderies, giving individuals less control over their environment."
|On December 5, 2000 The Daily Telegraph wrote:|
|"Teacher receives £ 254,000 payout for stress. ... Jan H. suffered two mental breakdowns and was forced to retire on medical grounds at 46. Mrs. H. said she became depressed and dysfunctional. She did no longer want to go to work and was physically unable to enter the classroom. She blames the head teacher for not listening to her appeals for help and the local education authority for failing to provide support."|
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