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4 Meditation Benefits Rarely Considered

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm

By Scott Dziadul

I first began using meditation for anxiety and stress a few years ago. Things were changing in my life, and I really wasn’t ready for it to be different. So I did the last thing I could think of to try and feel better, meditate.

I didn’t realize the full potential of the practice, yet. After using it consistently, it has not only been an effective treatment for the anxiety I felt, but has helped with some unmeasurable characteristics as well.

5 Benefits of Meditation for Students of All Ages

  • Posted on September 24, 2016 at 1:05 am

By Scott Dziadul

Applying the benefits of meditation for students who face an array of issues in school and at home is a great practice to teach them. It can offer them the advantage of self-control and self-respect any parent would long for. Looking back, I wish I had been able to appreciate meditation for what it is and apply its practice. To really learn how to relax and face difficult situations with a clear mind when in school would have been priceless! Maybe my decisions and study habits would have been a little better!

Relaxation Techniques Boost Health

  • Posted on July 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm

By Gene Sykes

There are many techniques in achieving maximum relaxation. These techniques can lessen stress, and help you fully enjoy your life even when you are ill. Relaxation techniques are a great form of stress management. One advantage is that they reduce stress on your body and mind. They help you deal with daily stress and other stress related problems, such as pain and sickness.

How Does Relaxation Benefit the Mind and Body?

  • Posted on July 10, 2016 at 1:00 am

By Karen L Davis

Relaxation is the process of releasing tension and returning the balance of both the mind and body. Relaxation techniques are important in managing stress. Since stress is known to contribute to the development of many diseases, one needs an antidote to battle stress.

In fact, relaxation might be one of the most essential factors in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Relaxation is so important that health professionals suggest the use of relaxation techniques to manage not only everyday-life stress but also the stress caused by health conditions. Relaxation techniques can benefit both psychological and physical health.

Stress Management Through Mindfulness Meditation

  • Posted on May 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

By Charles A. Francis

When I first began my mindfulness meditation practice, my primary purpose was to use it for stress management, and I figured that there were some health benefits associated with the practice. But I wasn’t sure exactly what they were.

When I started doing the research for my book, I realized that scientists had been busy over the last 10-15 years studying the health benefits of mindfulness meditation. Coincidentally, they were primarily interested in finding out how mindfulness meditation could be used for stress management.

Rising Stress Levels

The World Health Organization describes stress as “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” It is at the root of more than 70% of all visits to the family doctor. Elevated stress levels can have a variety of harmful effects on the body. It can lead to headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, depression, anxiety, and even skin conditions. In extreme cases, stress can result in heart disease and stroke.

Stress can also be harmful when we engage in unwholesome ways of relieving it, such as the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. These substances only address the symptoms, and not the root causes of the stress.

If we want to deal with stress in a healthy manner, we need to do 2 things:

  • Give our mind and body time to relax.
  • Redefine our views about our needs.

Giving Our Mind and Body Time to Relax

When we are agitated, it is difficult for us to sit quietly and relax. We usually try to drown out the noise in our head with more noise. We often feel that we’re being unproductive if we’re sitting idle doing nothing. This only exacerbates the problem.

If we want to reduce the stress in our life, we need to be courageous and break the cycle of constant agitation. Even if it’s just 5 minutes of sitting still, it will have a tremendous impact if you constantly have your foot on the accelerator. By stopping and allowing your mind to settle down, you’ll be able to think clearly and more objectively. It will probably be the most productive 5 minutes of your day.

Redefining Our Views About Our Needs

Much of our stress comes from worrying about not getting, or losing, the things we think we need to survive or be happy. We often worry about losing our material wealth, and ending up on the streets with nothing to eat. Though this may be a reality for some people, it is not for most of us. In the worst-case scenario, we can go to one of the many homeless shelters available. There we can receive the food and shelter we need to survive.

Many of us grow up with certain ideas of what will bring us happiness. In the United States, the land of opportunity, this means having a successful career, a beautiful family, and a nice home and automobile. When we finally achieve all these things, then we begin worrying about losing them. In time, we realize that life was much simpler and less stressful when we didn’t have all the material belongings and accomplishments. If we are going to be free of stress and worry, then we need to redefine our views about what will truly bring us peace and serenity, and rearrange our priorities.

Stress Management with Mindfulness Meditation

One of the main areas where the research on mindfulness meditation is being applied is in the treatment of psychological disorders—stress related disorders in particular. Research has consistently shown that mindfulness meditation reduces stress and negative mood states, and improves mental and emotional well-being. It does this by reducing the levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone. They found that patients who meditate are more serene, so they don’t experience stress-related disorders.

Psychologists are now recommending mindfulness meditation to their patients for stress management. In addition, many business organizations have incorporated the practice into their health and wellness programs to curb their rising expenditures in health care.

Those of you who have some experience with meditation know how well it works in helping your mind and body settle down. The challenge for many of us is to remain consistent and committed to practicing on a regular basis. One of the things that helps me is to remember that by being relaxed and focused, I can be more effective and productive in all my activities.

My meditation practice has also helped me change my views about what truly brings me happiness. I am fully aware that material wealth does not lead to inner peace. Only my spiritual development brings me long-term serenity. This realization has enabled me to redefine my priorities, and put my meditation practice near the top.

Now that the health benefits of mindfulness meditation have been confirmed, more people are using the practice for stress management and to avoid the negative health consequences associated with stress.

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