A significant study stated that 32% of teens (irrespective of location) suffer from mild to chronic anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder and other forms of mental health disorders. Over the counter medicines work for coordination concerns but when it comes to uprooting the entire cause, popping a pill looks like a “Donkey Work”. Scientists are testing mind-body approaches like Yoga & Meditation or Ayurvada, to help people suffering from Anxiety and see if things can work out for a prolonged time. Do you think Yoga is better than a pill? Will ancient devices for healing overpower the modern science ever? Nothing much can be said as of now but there have been intricate studies showing gradual benefits. These studies were conducted on normal people as well as patients suffering from chronic ailments or some kind of anxiety disorder.
1. Music Performance Anxiety (MPA)
Ever heard of musicians smoking weed right before the show? MPA is an aggressive form of stage fear that reflects a comparatively serious form of physical as well as cognitive symptoms. A research on symptoms and treatment of MPA included a range of therapies like medications, cognitive therapies, bio & neuro feedback systems, and psychotherapies. Test results revealed that mindfulness meditation and breathing techniques were some of the effective ways to control MPA symptoms like shivering out of fear, pining for pacifiers like drugs, and anger. Moreover, the study also reflected the fact that realistic goal settings, and cerebral restructuring are way-outs to manage behavioral symptoms.
2. Cancer-related Fatigue
Cancer impairs both physical & mental capabilities, and may cause severe form of Depression. A randomized control study involved a group of 58 Cancer patients and asked them to undergo a 6 months Yoga & meditation therapy. A Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) scale was used to compare the test results and success rate. The comparative study had a great set of results that proved the efficacy of Yoga on the anxiety and stress levels of these patients. An 8-week session that ran for about 60 minutes on a daily basis helped Cancer patients battle their anxiety on all levels. The intervention therapy saw reduced numbers when compared to the baseline. However, a continued practice was prescribed in order to keep a tab on the stress levels in the future.
3. Chronic Hemodialysis
Chronic Hemodialysis is a tough process to go through as the patients suffer sleep disturbances, fatigue, and unceasing anxiety levels. After a number of hit & trials, a significant study solidified the efficacy of Yoga on not only mental well-being, but also on the immune systems of these patients. In order to put forth some hard facts, there were a couple papers that were reviewed for determining the effect of intradialysis Yoga on the stress levels and functional performance reflected by respondents undergoing Chronic Hemodialysis. The inference drawn revealed that Yoga puts the patient in a state of ease and offers the bodies to battle the fatigue, sleep problems, and various biochemical variables.
4. Mild Depressive Symptoms
Mild Depressive Symptoms include inability to control anger, a poor response system to responsibilities, and an increased urge to go for addictions to escape real life. If left unaddressed, these symptoms often grow into serious medical concerns and affect the quality of one’s life. A significant research roped in a group 50 participants who reported to have one or more than Mild Depressive Symptoms and was asked to take a month long Yoga session. The respondents were taught the basics of Laughter Yoga or Hasya Yoga, which comprises replicated laughter, gentle stretching, and meditation. The respondents completed a Depression Anxiety Stress Scale and later attended the Yoga & meditation session. After a period of 8 weeks, patients saw improvement in residual mood patterns, anxiety, and depression.
5. Primary Care Level Stress
Although Yoga & meditation has a positive effect on the overall well-being of an individual, the benefits on the Primary Care level is still not at the centerstage. A longitudinal study involving 50 respondents was conducted and a 24 weeks Yoga program was planned to see any possible positive effects. The end point of the significant study was to observe improvements in psychological distress, satisfaction level and rate of adherence. At the end of the stipulated time frame, respondents reported to have a better control over their stress response systems, their psychological aspect of life was better, and the motivation to live life was heightened. The rate of adherence was high and Yoga was declared as a safe way to attain a high quality Primary Care.
6. Low Emotion Regulation
The capability to handle emotions better is a result of a peaceful life and low anxiety levels. However, the fact is that countries like The USA have more than 50% of citizen suffering from a weaker Emotional Regulation process. A number of studies were conducted to judge the efficacy of Yoga in such scenario and the results turned out to be surprisingly supportive. The results showed that people who practiced Yoga put two areas of the brain called as The Superior Parietal Lobule and the Supramarginal Gyrus, into action. These two activated areas of the brain suppress negative emotions like egocentric bias. The quality of life is improved and respondents were able to judge situations without any ego, anxiety, or anger.
It is rightly said that Yoga is a way of life. You can cure things in a wholesome way owing to its holistic foundational concepts and healing capabilities.