We humans are biologically wired so that when we are:
We pour stress-related chemicals into our bloodstreams.
One of the results of those chemicals?
Increased muscle tension (preparing us to fight, hide, or run away from the problem).
If those emotions happen frequently, our necks can end up chronically tight.
Which can contribute to neck nerve irritation that causes headaches.
Check out these resources for addressing mood issues that create headache-causing neck tightness.
Practice new skills for “stress-proofing” your body!
Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) can reduce stress and anxiety and reduce depressive symptoms. It can increase quality-of-life in cancer patients and in those with chronic pain.
We are pleased to provide interested patients with referrals to local MBSR practitioners.
Watch this short animation on the power of mindfulness in transforming your health and wellbeing.
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, improve mental focus, reduce irritability, increase positivity and well-being, reduce aggression, increase compassion, reduce job strain and improve job satisfaction.
Find out how to become more positive in 2 minutes a day with a 21 day practice in brain re-wiring. Listen to one of the most popular (and engagingly funny!) TedTalks of all time.
Take home pearls from Harvard psychologist, Shawn Achor's TedTalk:
In this funny, fast-paced talk, Dr. Sood shares an approach that he is taking globally to decrease stress, and improve focus, resilience and happiness.
ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) have a negative impact on our health. This is because every thought you have releases chemicals in the brain, which in turn affect your body. Hopeful thoughts release chemicals that help you feel happy and calm. Negative thoughts release chemicals that make you feel stressed and sad.
Do you want to learn how to control your ANT problem? In this short video, Dr. Daniel Amen and his wife, health and wellness expert Tana Amen, teach you how to kill your own ANTs in 3 easy steps:
Practice these steps each time you feel automatic negative thoughts entering your brain. By labeling, investigating, and then talking back to your automatic negative thoughts, you’ll turn your mind into "an ANT ghost town."
If the info in 3 Quick Steps to Stop Negative Thinking Now! was helpful, you might want to have a look at Dr. Amen’s ANT Webinars (Parts 1-5) on YouTube:
ANTs Webinar Playlist
If you want to feel less pain, meditate more often. According to this new research, meditation reduces the emotional reaction to pain, which makes a big difference in how we experience pain.
The scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress are highlighted in this news segment, which includes comments by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Kabat-Zinn is an internationally acclaimed author of many books in which he teaches that mindfulness can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. He is also the creator of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a stress reduction program that is offered by medical centers, hospitals and health maintenance organizations.
Watch Dr. David Reilly's thought-provoking talk on how to unlock the potential of human healing. Dr. Reilly is a physician with years of patient experience, including over 10 years working in a pain clinic with patients who had not had success with any other treatment modalities.
Taught for it’s many physiological and psychological benefits, holistic health and integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, explains how to do this simple, yet powerful breathing exercise. He also explains the range of benefits you can expect with regular practice that requires a very small, daily time investment.
Read this fascinating article from Psychology Today on how vagus nerve stimulation reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
by John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson-a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.
by David Burns, M.D.
MoodGYM is an online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
This award winning program on how you can facilitate your own healing process, can be done from the comfort of your home, and without cost, by downloading a course manual and videos designed by Dr. David Reilly.