A new study finds astrology can be a powerful tool for understanding and reducing stress, even if you’re not using the study as an opportunity to buy a new telescope.
The research was published online Jan. 6 in the Journal of the American Academy of Astrology.
In the study, researchers from the University of Maryland and Harvard Medical School asked participants to fill out a survey about their astrology at a point in time.
The participants then underwent a “psychometric testing” in which they read passages from a novel, psychological novel called The Mind-Body Connection, about a woman who believes she has a powerful connection with the mind and body.
After reading the novel, participants rated how positive or negative their feelings toward their physical bodies were.
In general, participants said their bodies were “faster, stronger, more resilient, and more stable” after reading the book than when reading about the human body in the novel.
But the researchers also found that the more positive or positive they felt about their bodies, the more stress they felt.
“People who felt less stress in general tended to have less stress, as did those who felt more stress,” study researcher Tanya Nader, a PhD student at the University, said in a statement.
The researchers also looked at how stress impacted people’s mental health.
Participants were asked to rate their overall mental health, including how much they thought they were doing a good job managing stress and how well they were managing their stress.
They also answered a set of questions about the book’s plot.
After watching a scene, participants were asked how they felt when the book ended.
“We found that participants who were more stressed at the end of the book reported feeling more anxious, less positive about themselves, and less positive towards others, compared to those who were less stressed at and had more positive feelings about their mental health,” Nader said.
The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01 AI095938, AI0698864, AI094737), the National Science Foundation (R23AI095662, AI087094, AI0882742), the US Department of Education (R21AI083722), and the National Center for Research Resources (R24AI092192).
A previous study found that people with a higher stress level also had a higher likelihood of having negative thoughts about their body.
In that study, the researchers found that positive body-mind connections were linked to increased cortisol levels.
They noted that this was especially true in people who were under stress.
But in this study, participants who rated themselves as “more stressed” tended to report having more negative thoughts, compared with people who rated their stress levels as “low.”
In this study the researchers focused on how body-mental connections could be connected to stress, but the study also looked into how stress was linked to mental health and wellbeing.
Previous research has linked the brain to stress levels, including a study published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year.
It found that, after the stressors associated with working and living in the United States, a higher amount of cortisol was released in the brains of people.
This is thought to be a reaction to stressors that occur outside of our control, including the effects of climate change and the stress of war.
But this study found the cortisol levels in participants who felt the most stress in the book were also the most correlated with how negative their body-mood thoughts were.
And this was also true when participants who had less positive feelings towards their bodies rated themselves the most stressed.
The takeaway from this study is that stress may be linked to negative thoughts and feelings about the body, but it may also be linked with positive feelings and feelings of wellbeing.
“A lot of people are really trying to deal with their stress,” Naders said.
“I think that this study really helps to show that even though stress may increase in people, stress is a response to the stress, not a cause.”