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Thursday, March 02, 2006 6:00 PM
Chant your stress away
Curt Rosengren on Health & Wellness

Feeling stressed? Try chanting a mantra. A recent study found that repeating a mantra to yourself can be an effective stress control technique.

Repeating mantras can help control the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, have a calming effect in traffic and even ease the boredom of exercise, according to a study in the latest issue of Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Around 83 per cent of veterans and hospital staff surveyed after a five-week mantram course told researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs that they found the technique - which involves silently and continuously repeating calming words or phrases throughout the day - useful on a number of occasions.

Just under a quarter of these occasions (24 per cent) related to traffic and work-related stress, 13 per cent to insomnia and 12 per cent to unwanted thoughts. More than half (51 per cent) related to emotional situations.

How about you? How do you counter stress?


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 3/3/2006 10:11:44 PM
Curt, great question. My response deals more with the concept of stress on people in long term care. Pet visits....Studies have shown that, after a visit with a pet, a person's heart rate slows, their blood pressure improves and they feel better.....There are some great programs out there but I think it merits some discussion to make this a natural and simple way to make people feel better...no meds needed.....or at least less.....As to the relax I do, actually, one thing I do is sit with my cats. They listen to me, they don't comment, often, and they purr...simplicity at it's finest. Living la vida fearless, Jan
carrie mcallen - 3/2/2006 8:24:18 PM
I do Kundilini Yoga and it has been wonderful to destress and motivate me to be my best. I also try to live in the moment don't worry about the past or the future to much because you can only control right now.


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