Stress Management Research Is Growing Up
In the last few decades there has been a great deal of advancement in terms of stress management research.
Not only in the fields of stress management itself, but also in terms of how thought processes can affect physical health.
It is now commonly believed and understood that the brain, how we think about things and process them, and more, can all have an effect on our overall health, physical wellbeing, and on down the line.
Of course, this concept has been believed by some for hundreds if not thousands of years, perhaps dating back to the beginnings of human civilization.
However, for the vast majority of time, it was a topic left for perhaps various outside groups, while it was never understood or believed by mainstream Western society.
While there would always be some stories and claims as to the positive effects of mental techniques and thinking on health, it never gained much traction besides in specific, smaller groups of individuals.
Late Discoveries in the West
Even 50 years ago, stress management, positive thinking and everything along those lines and how it all affected health would be a topic left to eastern medicine and eastern healers and religions, while being spurned by western, modern schools of thought, medicine and science.
However, in the decades since, and specifically in the last 30 years and sooner, there have been a lot of advancements in this area.
Today, there is actual science and research behind this topic, and it is bringing about a revolution of sorts for medicine, healing and an overall appreciation or viewpoint for how we consider our bodies and our minds to work and be linked to one another.
A great number of studies have been done in recent years aiming to show how thinking, maintaining certain states of mind, practicing stress management techniques or simply showcasing positive thoughts and mindsets can have real effects on physical health and wellbeing.
A Slow Turning
It might seem hard to believe, but there continues to be more and more science and research on the topic of mind-body connection.
Now, those old eastern medicine and religious concepts are being morphed with western science, medicine and technology. It's the best of both worlds, and it may lead to some new and amazing discoveries in the coming years as these processes are further explored and understood.
In fact, there's a whole field of science and research on the topic, and it's called psycho-neuro-immunology, basically translated into how psychological processes have real effects on the nervous and immune systems.
Within this field, there are amazingly complex systems that have been discovered within the brain and body in terms of signaling pathways, cell networks, certain molecules and chemicals and the way that the brain basically can affect physical issues not previously thought possible.
Stress and Health
The field of psycho-neuro-immunology also incorporates many different aspects of human health and health studies and medicine, and is meant to provide a somewhat all-encompassing or overarching view of the role of the brain and its signals on physical health.
One aspect of this which has always had more commonplace acceptance was the idea of stress causing negative health, or leading to sickness, or the worsening of illnesses.
Now, that's no longer such a vague idea, but is understood scientifically through the way hormones and other chemicals are released or blocked by the brain in times of stress, and how these and other factors can in turn affect everything from heart rate to blood pressure, from the production of immune system responses and much more.
With all of that said, one of the main conclusions of all of this is that stress management research, and practicing stress management for yourself, is not as much of a luxury or perhaps side project as one was believed.
Instead, stress management research is much more important and relevant than anyone would have guessed even a few decades ago, and particularly the leading scientists and researchers of the time who balked at the idea that such concepts would have real, verifiable physical effects.
But that is indeed what science and research is continuing to show. Stress management can not only help you mentally feel better about something, it can also lead to physical health improvements, while a lack of it can lead to worsening health conditions.
Stress management research seems the blending of eastern wisdom and western technology, and the advancements and discoveries which are still yet to come should be quite spectacular.
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