In this article, I'm giving you solid scientific evidence and Biblical wisdom that's helped thousands of people turn the tide on anxiety. The following provides valuable education you can use for the rest of your life.
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If you've practiced some of the Christian meditation techniques in this blog or mentioned in our programs but feel like anxiety may come back at any time, or feel like there's an underlying fear that makes you feel uneasy, then you're going want to pay close attention to what I have to say in this article.
I'm going to show you how to calm anxious erratic brain waves and then help you create healthy brain waves so you can alleviate anxiety.
Before I show you how to develop healthy brainwaves let's talk about brainwaves in a state of stress, panic, or anxiety.
The brain produces an erratic pattern when stressed. It's peaks and valleys are sharp and constricted peaks. These type of brain waves are known as beta brainwaves. Beta brainwaves are produced by your brain when you concentrate or engage in activities.
Beta wave patterns are not a bad thing. They're actually signal a healthy functioning brain. The problem occurs when we produce more beta waves than alpha or theta which are produced when we feel relaxed or sleep.
When we produce more beta brain waves than alpha or theta as is the case in people with stress or anxiety, the body produces chemical changes. Changes that include increases in hormones like adrenaline and cortisol which speeds heart rate, tightens muscles, and elevates blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, if a person experiences stress or anxiety continually, the overexposure to stress hormones can disrupt almost all your body's process.
Which puts you at increased risk for more health problems like:
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment
If you have some these symptoms chances are you have too much adrenaline and cortisol rushing through your body.
As you can imagine high amounts of stress hormones makes mental relaxation is almost impossible. So when you start the Anti-Anxiety Subconscious Meditation, it may take several days before you relax enough to produce alpha brain waves. It takes time to train your brain with a new brainwave pattern.
Now I'm going to show what we discovered about rhythmic breathing.
A 2005 study made public by US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health demonstrated that rhythmic breathing helped cancer patients who had completed their standard medical treatment boosted natural killer (NK) cells significantly (P <0.001) after 12 weeks of practicing rhythmic breathing. The Increase of NK cells was even more pronounced at the 24-week mark (P <0.05) compared to the controlled baseline. Clearly, this is evidence that God designed the body to benefit from our breathing.
"Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." Genesis 2:7
Life to the body could mean that the body will die without it, but I also mean that breath promotes healthy functions in the brain, nervous system, and our organs.
That's exactly what science is proving today.
In a 2016 study by researchers at Northwestern University called "Nasal Respiration Entrains Human Limbic Oscillations and Modulates Cognitive Function" published in the Journal of Neuroscience, shows that the rhythm of our breath can coordinate electrical activity across multiple brain regions and improve bodily functions. The discovery suggests our breath is designed to orchestrate activity in our body by simply adjusting breathing pattern.
We learned that within just 10 minutes of rhythmic breathing, a person can produce alpha brain waves. At first, it may be difficult for a person to achieve alpha because of excessive hormones floating around in the brain and body. The most important lesson here is that you should not quit. Once you start, it's important to keep going. The mind learns gradually. Every day you practice your brain gets familiar at producing alpha brain waves. Usually, 20 to 30 days is enough for excess hormones to diminish. That means each rhythmic breathing session will get better and that's important because as they get better you produce more alpha brainwaves.
Let me share with you the results of producing alpha brainwaves in patients with anxiety.
I'll let the research speak for itself. This is a direct quote published by the US National Library of Medicine on Jan 2015.
"The results showed that increase of alpha and theta brain waves amplitude in occipital area in people with general anxiety disorder (GAD) can increase the global functioning level and can reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in a treatment group, but no such change was observed in the waiting list group."
And there's more.
Consciously developing your ability to produce alpha brainwaves enhances creativity, regulates heartbeats, boosts the immune system, and improves your performance. It also increases mental sharpness and memory. People who practice developing alpha brainwaves even sleep better and generally experience better moods. Now let's talk about how you can produce alpha brainwaves with rhythmic breathing.
There are two important things you need to know about rhythmic breathing. When you take up the practice, your breath must not be forced. Instead, it must gentle, somewhat deep, but most important if must feel natural.
The second thing you need to know is that a 4 to 6 ratio breathing pattern appears to be the most effective at getting results, although yours may be slightly different. What do I mean about a breathing ratio? What I mean by that is the timing of your inhale compared to the timing of your exhale.
A 4-second inhale and 6-second exhale, appear to be the most beneficial to relaxing mind and body. Your breathing ratio might be slightly different, but a 4 to 6 ratio will still work for you.
To start your own practice you need a tone, or a sound, to help you inhale for approximately four seconds and to exhale for six. Visual cues are not the best device because keeping your eyes closed will help you enter a state of meditation. That's when you produce the highest amounts of alpha brainwaves and when you make the most progress at living a healthier life.