Relax, cut stress and ease IBS

The Nursing Times cites a study from the US, claiming that intensive care nurses who are taught on-the-spot relaxation techniques can cut their stress levels by up to 40%.

The study investigated techniques such as: mindfulness, gentle stretching, yoga, meditation and music. The Relaxation Response breathing pattern is another tested way of achieving near-instant relaxation. It too has been in the news recently – a Massachusetts General Hospital research report  said that eliciting the Relaxation Response has “a significant impact on clinical symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease and on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body’s response to stress.”

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