Brain Training for Anxiety and Stress
Temporary stress or anxiety is not necessarily problematic.
But chronic stress and anxiety effect the brain.
Chronic stress can wear down the brain’s ability to function properly. Many studies show that chronic stress impairs brain function in multiple ways, including memory and learning.
In addition, stress and anxiety effect brain waves and make them irregular. It makes the brain waves operate at a high speed.
This fast speed means the brain is functioning too fast. That will create a mind that is bouncing all over the place. It is the opposite of calm focus. And unfortunately, it can be hard to shift out of that high speed on your own.
The high speed brain waves are then felt in your body.
I’m sure you have felt the effect of stress between your mind and body. Your mind starts racing and pretty quickly, your physiology changes. Your heart beat and blood pressure go up. Your breathing becomes faster. And this circles back to your brain, keeping it at a fast speed. And the pattern continues.
There is a way to reset that fast speed and slow it down so that your mind and body can stay calm and be able to focus.
Brain Training Neurofeedback is shown to slow down the brain waves caused by stress and anxiety.
The goal of neurofeedback is to calm and focus the brain.
It will change the unhealthy brainwave pattern into a healthy, organized pattern. By doing this, the brain becomes more stable and is able to operate at an optimal level
If you would like to talk more about how Neurofeedback can help you or a family member, please schedule a time for us to talk using my online calendar.
Seyed Hosseini and colleagues (2016) conducted a randomised controlled clinical trial study to determine if NF was effective in reducing the symptomology of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) in military staff. Thirty participants were assigned to either a control or NF training group. The NF group received 12 sessions of NF training, while the control did not receive any intervention. The NF training led to a significant reduction in GAD symptom severity among military staff.
Lucas Koberda (2014) from the Tallahassee Neurobalance Centre (USA) found that low-resolution electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) Z-score NF training significantly reduced anxiety symptoms in 24 (out of 31) neuropsychiatric patients. The researchers suggested that the intervention was effective because it specifically targeted cortical regions which were disregulated including the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex.