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The Benefits of Meditation For Stress Relief

The Benefits of Meditation For Stress Relief

Quite often, when we are stressed or sense anxiety building up, meditation works. In fact, meditating works wonders during those times when your mind is racing to the point of no return.

In fact, when mastered and done correctly, meditation actually works! However, many will confuse the art of meditation and call those who use it as strange or odd.

Meditation has been found to help with reducing stress, anxiety and strengthening the immune system. I like to say that it will undoubtedly keep you balanced. When you are stressed over a big project at work, or perhaps it relates to finances or illnesses, consider taking some time to relax instead of worrying over the situation. When you take the time to stop, breathe and calm yourself, you can make more responsible decisions.

Studies have shown that men and women who meditate for just 40 minutes a day show a thickening of the brain’s cerebral cortex. This is the area responsible for decision-making, attention, and memory. This is terrific news, considering the potential for memory loss, dementia, and other symptoms of cognitive decline, which seems to become apparent when we age.

So, if you’ve never tried meditation, why not try it today. It’s not as difficult as you may think. There are certainly different forms of meditation. The one form that has been shown in movies and magazines is when you sit up straight either on the floor or in a chair, focusing on one object for an extended period and eliminating any other distractions. If this is difficult to do, try the breathing technique. Choose a quiet place with low light. Either sit up straight or lay on your back, close your eyes and slowly take deep breaths. Try to focus solely on your breathing, the rise and fall of your abdomen, and how the air feels as each breath goes in and comes out.

As you continue to practice your breathing, you will notice that your concentration will improve, and the stress and anxiety will melt away. Meditation is a beautiful way to reduce stress and sharpen your focus, especially after a particularly hectic day. It’s also a great way to relax, enjoy some quiet time and come back feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world. Try it; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

How To Meditate

To practice, a good way is to be sure that you feel serene, sit in a comfortable position, keep your breathing even, and start to meditate. Begin by breathing in deeply through your nose, and close your eyes.

When you are breathing in, make sure that you believe your body has the ability to heal, and that the air is moving throughout your body.

See the anxiety, pains and aches leave your body as you exhale out of your mouth slowly. Your body will start to feel as though it is going into a deeply relaxing state as you repeat the process.

When you inhale, see the air going in your body as something that is giving you love, kindness, empathy, or anything positive. Let it envelop your spirit, mind, and body.

As you exhale, imagine all of the hurt, anger, resentment, fear, anxiety, and any other bad feelings getting out of your body and moving far away from you. 

Breathe in the good and exhale the bad.

Meditation makes your body better, calms your mind, and makes your body feel more energized. Everyone can use this to make their lives better.