Millennials’ Antidotes to Anxiety
Millennials’ Antidotes to Anxiety
The nonstop demand of life is making people edgy these days! Most of the times, they are either feeling lost, exhausted or depressed, which is not only due to the increasing stress level and desires but also technological invasion. The technological advancement in the form of cell phones and tablets are intruding people’s personal space, thus, making them much lonelier and prone to ailments like anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. This, in turn, is pushing them to seek alternative means of therapies like meditation and Yoga, and other new forms of alternative treatments.
In the present day, even Gen Y is trying to get best of both worlds and is moving towards gaining unique spiritual experience, which is helping them in living a complete life. Though, the old practice of seeking harmony through prayers still exist, a new trend of healing and discovering oneself that resonate better with the present mindset is being increasingly adopted. Alternate healing methods that involve the most basic forms of activities, which have the ability to release stress and anxiety, like immersive music, colour therapy and nature walk are being tried by people across all the cultures, worldwide.
Here are the few popular ways people are unwinding these days:
The ritual helps promote relaxation and healing, and is a new kind of meditation where participants are washed over by sonic waves. During the bath, sound and vibration improvised with planetary gongs and quartz crystal singing bowls are induced immersing the patrons in soothing sound waves released by the gongs and bowls. It cures sleep disorders, anxiety, depression and helps in stress and pain management. Sound bath or Gong bath can be traced back to Tibetan culture and was predominantly adapted by Indians in the Himalayan Region. There are several healing schools in Rishikesh specialized in the field.
A slow walk into the woods with an emphasis on slow; Forest Bath focuses on the healing property of nature. People are not allowed to carry mobile phones and headphones and are encouraged to spend their time with nature; hug a tree and or just immerse in the silence of the woods. The bath is all about immersing in the healing properties of trees and plants. The concept takes inspiration from the Japanese practice of ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, which means ‘absorbing the forest atmosphere’. The trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and revitalisation while breathing in volatile substances called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial organic compounds derived from trees, such as limonene-α-pinene.
Developed around the research work of John Lilly, Flotation therapy involves floating in warm salt water in a float tank. People who have undergone this therapy revealed that they enjoyed the experience and were healed. Floatation therapy is effectual in ailment like stress, anxiety, pain, swelling, insomnia and jet lag. A research by Ohio State University has also stated that it improves creativity in jazz musicians, accuracy in rifle shooting, focus before academic examinations and is stress relieving.
In India, Ifloat India, a pioneer in floatation industry, last year, presented Samadhi-New Life Relaxation concept that helped people rejuvenate. The Company also installed floatation rooms in cities like Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
This relaxing technique has been there for long now. However, its new interpretation by people is worth attention. A spa in Japan, Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, offers a unique bath experience to its customers by allowing them to bathe in a variety of beverages like red wine, coffee, green tea and Sake. The spa claims that the beverage bath is soothing for skin and helps maintain overall health.
As far as India is concerned, the hot springs located in Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Ladakh, Himanchal Pradesh are good for mineral bath.
Labyrinth Mediation is a kind of moving meditation where people walk through a labyrinth! This kind of walking activates both left and right hemispheres of the brain, thus, enhancing problem solving capacity of an individual.
Journey meditation is all about fantasizing! Participants transport themselves to the choice of their location through imagination. While doing this meditation, one imagines a beautiful place like garden, while keeping his/her eyes closed. This, in turn, releases stress.
Laughter meditation is yet another kind of meditation where people are encouraged to laugh. The 5 to 20-minutes laughter session ask people to imagine a funny situation and laugh. It is one of the easiest forms of mediation where one does not need to focus on anything but simply laugh.
In fire meditation one need to gaze at a candle flame kept three to six feet away and after gazing it for few minutes, one is asked to shut his/her eyes and imagine the flame. This method is all about gaining energy from the candle flame and releasing the stress.
Kōan meditation is a fulfilling Buddhist Zen technique that involves asking the deep question that cannot be answered through reasoning only and unravels greater truth about the world and self. The question, thus, asked, is very paradoxical and arouses great inquiry or ‘Great Doubt’, an essential element of Kōan practice. The whole practice is about creativity and being calm.