Mind Juggling For Overcoming Anxiety

on Saturday, 17 December 2011. Posted in Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health Written By: Archana Mahendra

Try mind juggling technique to get relief from anxiety

Mind Juggling For Overcoming Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety and have failed to get relief from medication or mental exercises; try mind juggling; a technique known not only to reduce anxiety, but to also help attain a balanced mind.

Scientists earlier believed that anxiety, stress, tension, panic and other abnormal fears were a result of a single neurophysiological configuration. However, research in the past years has proven that anxiety is caused on account of a functional imbalance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This discovery led to the development of mind juggling. Mind Juggling is a technique that helps to equalize hemispheric activities and thereby, overcome anxiety.

Mind Juggling is a simple to do exercise that can be learnt within few minutes and can also be practised at any time. There are three key features of this exercise; slow ball tossing rhythm, closed eyes and picking up the ball when dropped.

Mind Juggling Trivia

Learning to juggle alters the structure of motion detection areas in the brain within as little as 7 days.

Juggling leads to changes in the brain that can last up to three months.

Juggling is also great for the heart. A fair amount of the upper body is exercised when juggling.

Perform mind juggling:

  1. Sit up straight on an armless chair or stand with feet apart at shoulder-width.
  2. Position hands and arms with elbows at 90-degree angle (like holding a tray) and rest the ball on one hand.
  3. To begin, toss the ball from one hand to another with eyes open. Then slowly looking upward and closing eyes; return head to normal position.
  4. Juggle ball for 10-20 minutes. If you drop the ball, simply pick it up and continue juggling. During this time allow your mind to waver as it pleases.
  5. As you begin mastering the art of juggling, make the task tougher by moving hands farther apart and/or throwing the ball higher.

Initially when you begin to juggle you will tend to watch the ball in your mind, after you close your eyes. Then within a minute or so, you tend to switch from the visual to propriopceptive nervous system. It is necessary to engage the propriopceptive nervous system for the mind juggling effect to take place. Hence, if required this shift can be implemented by visualising something other than the ball, something in the past or future.

Mind juggling is known to restore the symmetry of brain operation often within minutes. Once you have completed 25 juggling sessions, you'll be confident enough to use this technique anytime when you wish to restore your emotional equilibrium.

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