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Creativity Fights Stress

Creativity leads to positive effects on your physical and mental health. In a recent study, the researchers provided nearly forty people with technical materials such as markers and paper, telling them to create whatever they wanted in a 45 minute period. Scientists have discovered that regardless of the technical expertise of participants, about 75 percent experienced a decrease Cortisol levels, a hormone that secrete the body to respond to stress and detrimental to brain cells.

This stress study is useful because it means that many of us can benefit from art related therapy. Like physical exercise, creative stimulation involves focusing our minds on the task at hand; distracting us from feelings of tension and anxiety.

When you create, you call on your imagination, a productive and constructive use of your mind. By focusing intensively on a creative task, one can achieve the state of “flow”.

In other words, when you “lose yourself” in writing a song or painting a picture, you are essentially entering a state of healthy flow. You do not notice the time or events that occur around you. During periods of flow, his brain secrete a healthy dose of fun chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin. By creating, we can get into the flow, which can give us the rush of positive energy.

We may feel positive feelings because creation is the ultimate act of freedom. You can show the world you want to see – one musical notes or brush stroke at one time. In a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the brains of six jazz musicians were examined during improvisation on the keyboard. The results showed that there is a decrease in activity in the brain region known as lateral dorsal lobe crust, which is usually associated with thinking, deliberation and self-monitoring. This is part of the brain that is used when taking a difficult exam or trying to interpret words from a potential investor. Deadly activity indicates that creativity or improvisation more accurately reduces the guard.

If you have seen jazz improvisation music, you can not help thinking that they are in a state of flow, directing inner feelings and making them a beautiful melody. “What we think is happening is when you say your own musical story that closes the pulses that can block the flow of new ideas,” one scientist said. By creating, we feel more free and we live without compunction.

Of course, we are not all jazz musicians or composers. But, we must participate in creative lives, to live longer. In another study, researchers examined data from 1,000 older men over a period of almost 20 years. The researchers found that people who were more creative tend to live longer, perhaps because creativity stimulates many areas of the brain that can be kept healthier.

Creative people tend to deal with stress better, to rework potential obstacles as opportunities: “Creators can see more problems as opportunities. Feeling stressed, “Create.”

Walk your Way to a Better Brain

 

Today we find people do physical exercise less and less as they age. Study after study have reported the benefits of exercise on keeping your brain sharp.

A 6-month study – reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, performed at the University of British ColumbiaVancouverBritish Columbia, Canada -on the benefits of walking with people with some cognitive impairment caused by vascular impairment; know as VCI (Vascular Cognitive Impairment). VCI is caused when the blood vessels in the body are damaged by some damaging event in the body; such as a heart attack. VCI is the second most common type of cognitive dysfunction.

The Participants were divided into two groups The first walked three times a week for one hour each, the second group maintained their normal schedule (they did not walk).

Participants completed functional MRI (fMRI) for a beginning baseline and at the end of the trail. During the fMRI sessions, behavioral performance on the Eriksen flanker task and task-evoked neural activity were assessed.

Results

The walking group showed significant improvements in their cognitive abilities as opposed to the control group, which did not walk.

Study’s senior author Terea Liu-Ambrose, a researcher with the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, added, the physical activity further reduces one’s risk of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes (type II), and high cholesterol. Developing these conditions results in a compromised bloodflow in the vein, and can have negative impact on the brain. The brain needs a healthy flow of blood to deliver the necessary nutrients and oxygen to its tissues.“ – sc.com

My Suggestion

Start walking! Of course, check with your doctor first. Walk as fast as possible. High intensity exercise seems to be a factor in good mental health.

 

Benefits of Exercise on your Brain

A number of studies have shown that exercise benefits the brain.

Below is a list of six of the main benefits of exercise has on your brain.

  • HELPS YOU HANDLE STRESS
  • MAKES YOUR BRAIN PERFORM COMPLEX TASKS BETTER
  • SHARPENS YOUR MEMORY
  • IMPROVES CONCENTRATION
  • IMPROVES YOUR MOOD
  • RELEASES ENDORPHINS

Start exercising today for a better brain.

 

 

Meditation vs. Listening to Classic Music

West Virginia University did a study in 2016 where they had two groups, One that did meditation (Kirtan Kriya) every day and the other group listen to classical music every day.

Kirtan Kriya meditation is also know as the singing meditation (don’t worry no singing is actually done). The sounds are chanted repeatedly and in order (Saa Taa Naa Maa). How to do this meditation

Both meditation and listening to classical music have previous studies extolling their benefits for the brain.

Dr. Lazar a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists test the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — “that meditating can literally change your brain” – in a positive way.

A plethora of neurophysiological studies have demonstrated that listening to and/or playing music has multiple measurable effects on human brain structure and function. A recent study from the University of Helsinki, Finland has shown that listening to classical music has a positive effect on the brain.

First stage of the study lasted for three months. The first stage, the participants did their group’s task, meditation or listening to classical music for twelve minutes.

The second stage also lasted three months. The second stage, the groups were asked if they would like to continue doing the meditation or listening to classical music. Seventy-five percent of the wanted to continue doing their group’s task (meditation or listening). After three months this can be considered a indicator that the participants enjoyed their group’s task.

 

Results

Participants in both groups showed significant improvement at three months in psychological well-being and in multiple types of mood and sleep quality.

The meditation group showed greater gains in perceived stress, mood, psychological well-being, and quality of life-Mental Health.

Those that participated for the full 6-months had greater improvement then they had at 3-months.

Conclusion

There was no report of control group, a group that did neither the meditation or listening. This is bad work for a clinical study, if a control group was not used.  If the control group’s brain functions also changed, there may have been other factors that effected the groups

My Suggestion

Do both every day (if you enjoy it; give it three months), you will feel your brain get better.

 

Abnormal Protein the cause of Dementia?

Are Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases all caused by the same thing, Abnormal Proteins? A very interesting  study is in process examining this possibility at Loyola University in Chicago.

If so, a single medical solution could be used to attack the cause of most disease caused by an illness.

The Report: Loyola Univ

This Exercise Improves Your Brain

You probably seen enough articles extolling the virtues of exercise. Until recently you probably seen what type of exercise is best for your brain.

Mayo recently did a study examining the different types of exercise and the one that best improves the brain function. The results of the showed that HIIT (high-intensity interval training) was by far the leader with all age groups.

What is good about HIIT takes less time then other types of exercise. To make your brain smarter, get off your butt and starting exercising.

Mayo Clinic report: Mayo Clinic

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Learn to laugh at the stupid things in life to have a better life.

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