February is Psychology Month! In order to celebrate, we would like to showcase our Department, and focus on enhancing well-being. With that in mind, we will be publishing “Psychology Insights”, wellness tips from our faculty member that contribute to coping strategies, stress reduction, building resilience, or generally enhancing well-being. Visit us on our website every Tuesday and Thursday this month for a new tip!
Take time to explore meditation. If you try one practice and it does not work for you, look for something else (there are many styles of meditation; it is important to find the style that is right for you).
Why it works:
In my own lab, I’ve demonstrated among first-time meditators that meditation results in quick activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (the branch of our autonomic nervous system associated with relaxation) as well as with reductions in sympathetic nervous system activity (the branch of the autonomic nervous system related to stress and excitement). These results were shown among participants who meditated in my lab listening to the guided meditation I have posted here.
About Dr. Danyluck:
I am a social psychophysiologist who studies interpersonal interactions. My primary research interests focus on understanding the interpersonal processes that promote and detract from the health and wellbeing of underrepresented groups, with an emphasis on Indigenous people. My aim is to understand the combination of subjective, behavioral, physiological, and social factors that support harmonious interpersonal relationships in diverse societies and to help underrepresented groups live safer, healthier, and happier lives.