Meditation for reducing stress

Stress is a part of everyone’s lives and to deal with it is our responsibility.
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People rarely practice stress management activities. Most people dealing with stress tend to ignore its side effects. Stress affects the body emotionally and physically. Sometimes, it is important to give your body and mind the break it needs. Out of various stress management ways, meditation has been the simplest and most effective way of reducing stress. Regular meditation has proven to be a stress-burster. All of us have dealt with stress at some point of time in our lives. We all must learn to manage stress and not let it harm our body.

HOW DOES MEDITATION HELP IN REDUCING STRESS?

Meditation is a simple stress management activity that helps to reduce stress, anxiety and improve cardiovascular health.

Meditation gives a relaxation response to the body. When our body is exposed to stress, it gives a ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response.

The adrenal glands produce the stress hormones – adrenaline and norepinephrine. This increases the blood pressure, pulse rate, blood flow to the muscles and results in faster breathing.

The relaxation response technique draws out opposite reactions from the ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response. This means blood pressure, pulse rate and breathing is decreased.


 

HOW TO MEDITATE TO REDUCE STRESS?

Choose a comfortable position – Opt for a position where you can sit comfortably throughout. Some people prefer chair. You can also cross your legs and sit on the ground.

Posture – Make sure your posture is correct. Shoulders and back straightened. Close your eyes gently. Do not slump your shoulders or squeeze your eyes.

Discard negativity – Do not think about your stressors while you meditate. Clear your mind with all the negative thoughts. Think positive and stay unattached to bad thoughts.

Deep Breathing – Meditation is about controlling your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and then breathe out through your nose.  It helps to relax the mind and body.

Sunlight – Natural light makes meditation ever better. Try and face the sun while you meditate. It clears your mind and relaxes the body.

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