Calming the Mind, Healing the Body: Can alternative therapies help college students improve their health?
From students facing exams and paper deadlines to adults trying to balance the demands of family life and long work hours, we are a nation under stress. What are the consequences of this stress on our collective health, and how might the consequences best be mitigated? Gamtso looks at the negative results of our fast-paced, frenetic lifestyles—anxiety, depression, heart disease, sleep disorders—and investigates how these effects can be minimized through the use of so-called alternative therapies that seek to calm the mind so as to heal the body. She offers healthy strategies for dealing with stress and encourages inquiry into the wealth of traditional systems that focus on mindfulness as the gateway to a healthy life.