Today I want to suggest not a book or a movie, but some music. First I read about it in the research paper where effect of anxiety reducing drug was compared to listening to this music. I thought it was pretty specific, and probably some other music would do. Then I read other papers where people tended to use this specific piece - which will probably make it the best academically researched piece of music.
While at it, I was not able to find the original research claiming 65 percent decrease in anxiety and 35 percent decrease in other anxiety measures such as cortisol level and heart rate (I hope variability, not the rate itself, that would be quite a lot). I can find the 2011 Times article listing it as one of the best inventions of the year. It both calms e and makes me nervous - maybe it is all output from well designed marketing, or maybe I simply fail to find it.
Anyway, I like it a lot as relaxation music. Perhaps first of all because it does not contain rather annoying synthetic relaxation music sounds in the music that is usually listed at the top of relaxation music results. I also need to mention that it is probably very individual, and from that angle I might like Eric Satie's "Gymnopedie No.1" even more - bur also perhaps ""liking" and "having an effect" do not have to coincide.
What do you listen for relaxation? Do you like "Weightless"?
Spotify Weightless: https://open.spotify.com/album/3d8apQ32ZVRDPFtllVTKGR?si=lSZQ9jhdTM6iFuk-fWxqIA
Spotify Eric Satie "Gymnopedie No. 1": https://open.spotify.com/track/5NGtFXVpXSvwunEIGeviY3?si=8f61f18ddcbd40d3
Article on comparison to drugs: https://sbgg.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1563905859_1_Music_versus_midazolam.pdf
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Today I would like to recommend a book - Jon Kabat-Zinn "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life". Meditation is one of the most valuable skills that you can learn to improve and maintain your health in a good condition.
This means your mental health as well as your physical health, which is definitely very much related to and dependant on your psychological balance.
The author is Western so the book does not contain multiple words that are not relatable to our daily life and language. I also would like to dissipate another often used and incorrect idea - meditation is not a practice of silencing your thoughts. Meditation is practice of concentrating your focus on your passing thoughts, on may object or action. You may meditate while cleaning your home, walking, or sitting down. You don't need to have a mat, sit in lotus pose or burn incense - you may choose to use it all ar one of it, if it helps you to focus.
Take a breath. Lightly exhale.
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What does brain do when we watch a movie? Results of the magnetic resonance reveal that we get more involved (that is more coordinated brain activity is dedicated) in more emotional scenes. This higher involvement state is rather similar among different people - we kind of get synchronized. When involvement is lower, then mind "wanders" in an individual manner, and the state is quite distinct for each person. When following the movie review people were asked to recall the movie, it was possible to predict what the story will feature - they were the same higher involvement and more intense emotion scenes.
I only wonder what my brain does when I watch Fawlty Towers for several hundredth time...
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Today I would like to suggest a great find on the children bookshelves - Aurelie Chen Chow Chine books with little unicorn Gaston.
The original French versions contain multiple books, activity journals and the plush unicorn itself, hopefully other languages will catch up soons with all the great materials. Just think about it, to learn, recognize, understand and correctly name all the emotions is a difficult task, not necessarily easy to deal with for an adult - and when you are just a tiny corn, in the constantly overwhelming world, and sometimes you realize that you are doing something wrong and making the adults unhappy - then it becomes a really difficult task.
I am sure that the books will be very useful to both children and their parents.
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