Neurofeedback is an EEG brain training practice. This non-invasive and painless method extracts information about the electrical activity of the brain. The result? The possibility given to individuals to learn to control an area of their brain… Used for a long time to treat pathologies such as epilepsy or depression, this practice now goes much further by becoming a tool for improving well-being, accessible to all, with many benefits.
Better stress management and the feeling of letting go: the direct benefits of brain training for relaxation
Reducing stress and stress at work
Regular practice of neurofeedback on alpha waves clearly reduces the feeling of anxiety. It provides a more positive perception of one’s ability to manage stressful situations: one feels less overwhelmed and stressed in the face of a difficult situation in daily life or in the work environment. A case to close at the last minute? Don’t panic… I feel able to manage it without the associated bad stress… and the harmful consequences for my body (1).
The improvement of the feeling of relaxation.
After a neurofeedback session on alpha waves (waves associated with the state of relaxation), it is demonstrated that one feels immediately more relaxed. The feeling of letting go is also deep and lasting over time. Neurofeedback training gives me the feeling of letting go, a feeling that is pleasant to live with every day!
The benefits of neurofeedback do not stop there! As a result, the practice of neurofeedback has an impact on many other aspects of daily life.
From sleep to mood: the benefits associated with regular neurofeedback brain training
No more sleepless nights and thoughts that don’t want to rest! Regular neurofeedback training significantly improves the quality of sleep: I fall asleep faster, my sleep is more restorative (I wake up rested and fresh), and I am less prone to insomnia.
A better physical condition
Neurofeedback training generally improves my physical well-being. Regular practice reduces muscle tension and chronic pain, such as back pain, which occurs regularly. It facilitates digestion, reduces fatigue and provides a generalized boost of energy in my daily activities (2).
A good mood
Regular practice positively improves mood (3) and reduces irritability. I feel more joyful! Training the brain to relax through neurofeedback helps to build self-esteem and improves daily motivation (4).
A renewed focus and performance (5)
By training my brain to relax through neurofeedback, I improve my ability to control attention. No more endless scrolling between two tasks: I am able to allocate resources to be attentive to something, I avoid distractions, I know how to bring my attention back to a task (6). The practice of neurofeedback also improves working memory (7): this short-term “living” memory that allows information to be temporarily stored and manipulated in order to perform a particular task, such as reasoning. Regular practice also offers a better ability to refocus on the present moment: I think less about past events, I project less into the future…
By training your brain to let go by neurofeedback, you gain better self-control: I feel less impulsive, I deal with stressful situations with more composure. Decision-making skills are improved. The ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle is greater (8).
Learning to be self-aware
Practicing neurofeedback brain training influences my ability to let go while providing greater self-awareness: by becoming aware of my brain’s electrical activity, and by offering myself the opportunity to act on it, I feel empowered to take charge of my own well-being. Neurofeedback opens this window inwards in a way that few practices offer.
The use of neurofeedback in the brain’s relaxation training is undeniably beneficial to the physical, mental and emotional state of the person who practices it. Research shows that regular EEG neurofeedback practice, such as that offered by the Melomind headset, significantly improves an individual’s ability to enter a state of let go, and thus to manage stress situations on a daily basis with greater fluidity and empathy.
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