“The goal is not to reach Nirvana or Enlightenment. Instead, by learning to recognize automatic reactions, and letting go of dysfunctional ones in a non-judgmental manner, participants gain a new coping mechanism that studies have shown to improve perceived stress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life in all types of patients (1)”Read More
A couple of weeks ago I watched the documentary, One Nation Under Stress. It was eye-opening. According to the latest research, the stressed state is becoming more common.
“Stress-related psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression, are currently the most common mental health disorders in the United States. By 2020, depression will have the second highest lifetime burden of disease, exceeded only by heart disease (1)”
Before I moved to Los Angeles, I was a student at East Carolina University studying to become a health fitness specialist. As you know, you have way more free time during college versus the real world. I took advantage of the free time and dedicated it to my health. I slept 8 hours a night and lived in the gym. I would meditate every morning and exercise two hours a day. On top of the exercise, I would train 5 to 8 clients a day. My mind and body felt great. I was focused on my career and had a purpose. But that all changed after I graduated and moved out to California.Read More
Many people in our culture are chronically overworked, undernourished, tired and suffer from an insufficiency of time to simply be in community, to rest, to be creative. Living with such limitations and pressures should be expected to produce a population that is reactively hedonistic, impulsive, and prone to addiction. Behaviors that are addictive (e.g., drugs, alcohol) anddestructive (e.g., over eating, alcohol, sugar, fat) are simply frustrated and maladaptive coping strategies to combat the stress caused by a damaging, unnatural paradigm from which most people cannot escape.”
- Dr. Alex VasquezRead More
In last week’s blog post I wrote about how cell phones are rewiring our brain’s attention span to seek instant gratification. To counteract this rewiring, I recommended guided meditation with the Headspace app. In this week’s post, I will go over how meditation rewires the brain. As I wrote last week, the mind is similar to the body. If you stop training a muscle it will atrophy (become weaker) and so will the mind. As we age our mind and body break down at a faster rate. But we can slow this process down with exercise. Now, I am not just talking physical exercise, we must include some type of mental exercise too. After all, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.Read More