The Difference Between Brain Waves

Article Written by Gina Butcher

 

Let’s talk brain waves babe…. 


Close your eyes.


Take a deep breath -


Inhale. 

Exhale.


Commit to making it part of your routine to check in with yourself and slow down every so often throughout the day. At Chasin’ Unicorns our mission is to give you everything you need to set the scene and indulge in the act of self care. The more time you take to connect to how your body is feeling, the deeper you’ll be able to tap into healing and nurturing your soul the way it’s calling for. 


So let’s talk brain waves babe.

Did you know there are 5 categories of brain waves? They range from the most active to the least and with practice you can learn to trigger different states of mind!


Gamma brain waves are the fastest and are responsible for your learning, memory, information processing, and cognitive functioning. Gamma waves link all parts of the brain together and give you that “in the zone” feeling. People with very high levels of gamma frequency are exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, self-aware, and have strong self-control. 


The easiest way to tap into your gamma waves is to put on gamma binaural beats. You can find this anywhere you can stream music. Here’s a great playlist on Spotify for you to check out. Send us a DM and let us know if you liked it. Should we start a spotify channel? 


https://open.spotify.com/playlist/60hyVx76IWdzd8ffmjoFTZ?si=02263a47e9334b1b


When the brain is aroused and actively engaged in mental activities, it generates beta waves. These beta waves are the fastest of the four brain waves and are involved in conscious thought and logical thinking. A person creating art, participating in an active debate, or playing a sport would be in high beta. This wave is useful for when you want to be productive, expressive, and focused. However, beta waves can zap our energy and reduce emotional awareness and creativity. In times of high beta, keeping things like lavender aromatherapy nearby, (pst… lavender + amethyst is the theme of our August self-care box!) and allowing yourself time to slow down is SO powerful in preventing burn out.


Next in order of frequency are the Alpha brain waves. These waves are slower and often referred to as the “wakeful relaxation” state of mind. Someone who has completed a task and sits down to rest is often in an alpha state. If you were walking in your garden smelling the flowers you would be experiencing alpha brain waves. Since alpha waves are linked with relaxed mental states, many experts believe increasing alpha activity may help reduce stress and anxiety, as well as help you stay relaxed. Scientists have also provided evidence that enhancing alpha waves may boost creativity by an average of 7.4% (creative people are indeed thought to have increased alpha activity). The same researchers also claim there’s strong evidence that people with depression have impaired alpha activity. Studies suggest that improving alpha brain patterns may be a potential way of treating low mood. 


Some simple ways you can start increasing your beta brain waves today is to take deeper breaths, meditate for at least a few minutes, and rest in a bath. You can do all three of these things together paired with one of our signature products to set the mood for total rejuvenation. 


The next state, theta brain waves, are of even slower frequency. This state of mind is positive and blissful. A person who begins to daydream is often in a theta brain wave state. A person who is driving on a freeway, listening to music and discovers that they can't recall the last five miles, is also in a theta state. 

Do you get your best ideas in the shower? Or how about during a long walk, or even brushing your hair and teeth?


Theta is a wave where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The thoughts that come to mind during the theta state are often a free flow of ideas and occur without censorship or guilt. 


This state of mind is THE BEST for manifesting. Let your daydreams run wild!


The final brain wave state is delta. Here, the brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency. When we go to bed and read for a few minutes before attempting to sleep, we are likely to be in low beta. When we put the book down, turn off the lights and close our eyes, our brain waves will descend from beta, to alpha, to theta and when we fall asleep, to delta. 


Pairing our signature Crystal Body Drip CBD Night Time Formula with your night routine is divine when trying to sink into a delta state of mind. Made with Melatonin, this formula helps the body naturally release the hormones needed for a great night's rest. 



When you wake from a deep sleep in preparation for getting up, your brain wave frequencies will increase through the different stages of brain wave activity. They increase from delta to theta and then to alpha and finally, when the alarm goes off, into beta. During your awakening cycle -  it is possible for you to stay in the theta state for an extended period of say, five to 15 minutes--which would allow you time to have a free flow of ideas about yesterday's events or to contemplate the activities of the forthcoming day. This time can be EXTREMELY productive and a period of very meaningful and creative mental activity.


So let’s try NOT to reach for our phone first thing in the morning!


Allow yourself time in your theta brain wave to cultivate inspiration for your day ahead. Each morning you wake up to a FRESH start.

Let’s do something together.

Let’s commit to dedicating our first 15 minutes of  time in the morning to just being. Allowing things to come through before we dive into our busy lives.

Send me a DM and let me know how you’ve been utilizing your awakening period for setting the intention for your day ahead. Tag us in your post if you accompany your new morning routine with one of our products and make it a ritual! 



CITATIONS

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/


https://www.caba.org.uk/help-and-guides/information/how-and-why-boost-your-alpha-brainwaves

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