“Real Thriving” is a great bi-weekly blog/newsletter I get from psychiatrist Lynn Johnson. Always up for looking younger, I think his entry is insightful for every stressed-out, doing-it-all woman who”s ever looked in the mirror and thought, “Huh, I look hammered!”
So, thoughts from Dr Lynn Johnson on how to meditate and look younger in the process:
The NIMH has announced that depression can be predicted through looking at how girls born to mothers prone to depression react to stress in a blog by Thomas Insel.
It turns out that the girls who are vulnerable to depression show a genetically driven stress response. That response literally ages them more quickly.
What can be done? In the study Insel refers to, neurofeedback was shown to prevent this stress response, and therefore is very likely to actually prevent depression.
What if you don”t have neurofeedback to help these vulnerable girls?
Meditation works just as well. In fact, neurofeedback, IMHO, is just high-tech meditation. (I spent years offering biofeedback, so I know something about this.)
Here is a casino online study showing the benefit of meditation and its influence on telomeres.
(Wait, Johnson, what are telomeres?) Well, they are caps on the ends of your genes that prevent the genes from producing faulty protein. Sadly, as we age, the telomeres get shorter. But the good news is that meditation, as well as other things, will protect telomeres – read more in this study!
Here is a video where I discuss the value of meditation. Take a look and share with your colleagues, please.