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Tip for May: Positive thoughts from “Happy Walking”!

Working with the effects of the body’s “success switch” is based on a principle that is classified under the term “embodiment” in psychology. “Embodiment” is a psychological approach that describes the resonance of our physical awareness with our emotional experience and our cognitive performance; there are many interesting studies on this subject. One of them also looks at different motions and it was conducted under the leadership of psychologist, Prof. Dr. Johannes Michalak at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He investigated how the cognitive powers of students was affected by their gait. He asked one group to let their head and shoulders droop while walking, i.e. to creep around in a deliberately “depressed” manner. A second group was requested to portray a “happy gait pattern” with their head raised and an upright posture. Although the subjects enacted the two “gait modes” deliberately, in a way that was almost “superimposed”, there were clear distinctions in a test that was subsequently carried out.

Demonstrable connection between body and mind

The students taking part in the trial were given positive words (e.g. “brave”, “attractive”) and negative words (e.g. “boring”, “stupid”). They had to decide whether these words chimed with their mood. Then after eight minutes, a test was conducted that had not been announced, and the results speak for themselves: subjects who walked in a “depressed mode” remembered more negative words while those that indulged in “happy” walking retained many more positive words. Johannes Michalak commented as follows: “This  shows that the way we walk affects whether we tend to process information positively or negatively. There is a connection, therefore, between the body, in this case the gait, and the mind, in this case the information we retain. Results like these could be used in future to develop treatment options for depression which work by changing physical processes”. The result reveals that our body also sends signals to our mind and psyche – so the resonance also works “upwards” from the body to the world of the mind and not just “downwards” from our thoughts to what our body experiences.

Motion training support with “happy wingwave walk”

There is a simple exercise to train your movements to support this insight: walk “happily”, sit “in a good mood”, run in a deliberately “exhilerated” manner. Even if it seems artificial and contrived to you, your body will send positive signals to your brain through your posture alone, and this will improve your mood. Support this training with the wingwave music; we call this combination the “happy wingwave walk”. The wingwave balance training can also help you to work this method into your everyday life. You will find wingwave coaches and wingwave trainers at www.wingwave.com.

Source: http://www.uni-wh.de/universitaet/presse/presse-details/artikel/unsere-art-zu-gehen-beeinflusst-was-wir-uns-merken/, seen on 05.05.2015 at 13:37

Relaxation through self-organisation

Going back to work after the summer break can be a challenge for many of us when it comes to maintaining the level of relaxation gained on holiday. Maybe you’ve just been listening to the waves on the beach, and no sooner have you returned from holiday fresh and well rested, than a flood of emails is there to greet you at your desk. In the present day and age we find ourselves all too often at the mercy of a mass of information telling us that we have to be more and more productive. For many the response is even physical, and the information is experienced as a “mountain” or a “flood” in which they drown helplessly. These images show that our subjective consciousness suspects a natural disaster and sends stress signals to our nervous system. Freezing and a desire to flee are the consequence, and work becomes tough and laborious.

Always-on mentality as stress factor

Business emails are on the increase everywhere – it’s entirely practical to fire off your concerns and at the same time to copy in your colleagues and partners, regardless of what time zone you happen to be in. This permanent availability becomes an increasing burden. The so-called always-on mentality is a stress factor. There are even research projects devoted to the phenomenon of email mountains, and the IT sector is developing more and more programmes which are supposed to make it easier for us to handle them. It is of course helpful to create new ways of organising information. Outlook, for example, offers ways of structuring work with emails. The auto-correction option, the spellcheck function or the decision to use an easily legible typeface can make things easier. But of course changing the way we think is not so simple. Especially when things get hectic, we tend to fall back into old patterns of behaviour. Everyone should find a way to relieve the stress of everyday life on a permanent basis which is liberating beyond the annual holiday and which counters tension.

Freedom from stress

You can counteract the stress factor with a wingwave CD of your choice or the wingwave app, thereby preserving the freshness and relaxation brought home from holiday. Various measurements have shown that the specially composed wingwave music calms the physical sensations of stress within two to three minutes, and lowers the heart rate – even when you are active. So listen briefly to the music and only then open your emails, look at and process them. This strategy is also suitable for intense learning phases – pick up the material you are studying after the music has already “sunk in”. The result is that mountains shrink, floods become gentle streams, the subjective consciousness leaves the world of danger – and in this way a sensible workflow emerges which takes control of the little letters in the rectangular screens.

Wingwave music helps you to relax also when you are not on holiday, it releases blockages and brings demonstrable success. The free version of the app already contains a helpful guide to self-coaching. http://wingwave-shop.com/