Practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation can improve mental and physical health, but that’s not all. A new study illustrates just how deep mindfulness can go.
Researchers from Coventry University in the UK examined 18 studies that spanned 11 years. They found that mind-body interventions (MBIs) can “reverse” the molecular reactions in DNA that can cause ill health and depression. This is because MBIs reduce cytokines, a protein that causes inflammation in times of stress. A consistently high level of stress means a high level of cytokines, which can increase a person’s risk of cancer and psychiatric disorders such as depression.
“Put simply,” lead investigator, Ivana Buric, says, “MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing.”
Tips for Mind-Body Interventions
If you’re interested in changing your genetic code and reversing the effects of stress and anxiety, start practicing mindful activities. There’s a large variety of MBIs to try, including mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques, yoga, tai chi, and guided imagery therapy. You can find helpful advice from the Mindful tips listed here.
- Yoga. Yoga is probably one of the most common mind-body interventions. If you’re looking for stress relief and physical exercise all in one this is the MBI for you. There are helpful yoga poses you can try to cure your insomnia. Or if you want to combine the benefits of yoga with ecotherapy, try outdoor yoga. All you need is the right gear, the perfect spot, and a few more helpful tips. For more information check out this article.
- Mindfulness meditation. Clearing your mind and meditating can be a great addition to your morning routine or your nighttime ritual. If you need visuals while you meditate, try these clips from the Mindful Living Meditation Room. Lastly, remember that mindfulness meditation is not something that needs to be done while you’re sitting down either. You may meditative runs very therapeutic as well.
- Guided imagery therapy. According to Dr. Kathleen Hall, “Guided imagery uses words and images to help the mind focus and guide you in a state of mind-body healing.” Guided imagery therapy can help reduce disease symptoms such as headaches, pain, insomnia, and breathing issues. Need more information? Check out Dr. Kathleen’s personal testimonial.