The science

The techniques used in Calmingstone have been refined and developed over many years by experts all over the world. Our aim is to develop and grow our understanding of wellbeing so that we can help people all over the world who are affected by anxiety and panic attacks.

Understanding

calm breathing

The science behind meditation

Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks

Breathing seems second nature to us, however the ability to be aware of your breath and to maintain a calming breathing pattern can be difficult to achieve when you are constantly distracted by your environment. Clinical psychologist Marla W. Deibler states that “deep diaphragmatic breathing is a powerful anxiety-reducing technique because it activates the body's relaxation response”. Using the Calmingstone encourages you to take the time to stop and focus on long, slow, deep breaths to help your body go from tense and anxious to calm and relaxed.

Meditation has been shown to help people relieve stress, improve focus and achieve better sleep. This is because by practising meditation you stimulate the area of the brain that processes emotion, allowing the brain to train and regulate your emotional responses. Studies have shown that meditation has a beneficial impact on depression, stress, anxiety and wellbeing. Recent studies have also discovered that after 8 weeks of practising meditation your brain physically adapts to a calmer way of thinking, allowing you to feel relaxed even when not actively meditating.

Anxiety can be identified by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, increased blood pressure, sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat. Panic attacks show similar symptoms but more intense, this is because the body’s alarm system is triggered to activate the fight or flight response. This response can be very helpful in a dangerous situation because it gives you the power to attack with all your strength, or run faster than ever before. However, sometimes this response is triggered unnecessarily when you're at work or before an exam. In these safe environments, we need to remind the body that this response is not needed. By sitting comfortably and focusing on slowing your breathing, you can quickly switch your body from the fight or flight response to the relaxation response, allowing you to continue your day in calm confidence.

What is the relaxation response?

The relaxation response is a state of deep relaxation which engages the parasympathetic nervous system. This encourages your body to release the chemicals and brain signals that allow your muscles and organs to relax, increasing blood flow to the brain and making you feel calm. The Calmingstone uses methods that trigger this response to directly counteract the feelings you experience during a panic attack or anxiety. 

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References

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC.

 

Levy, D. M., Wobbrock, J. O., Kaszniak, A. W., & Ostergren, M. (2012, May). The effects of mindfulness meditation training on multitasking in a high-stress information environment

 

Effectiveness of online mindfulness-based interventions in improving mental health: A review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. M.P.J.SpijkermanW.T.M.PotsE.T.Bohlmeijer

 

Exploring resilience and mindfulness as preventative factors for psychological distress burnout and secondary traumatic stress among human service professionals. https://content.iospress.com/articles/work/wor2311

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain. http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1520

http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/

 

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Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, author, cardiologist, and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute

 

 

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