Stress is a constant companion, and most of us, through lots of practice, have become experts at elevating our stress levels. The ability to relax is an acquired skill too. Luckily, you can teach yourself to handle stress in a manner that minimizes it. However, the more stressed you feel, the more challenging it can be to relax.
Discover how you can relax your body and mind when your stress levels are out of control:
Stress is a part of daily life. Learning to manage it makes life more enjoyable.
The best time to address stress is the moment it begins. There’s a momentum to stress. Once your stress reaches a high level, it’s far more challenging to reduce. Most stress-reduction techniques provide a small to moderate amount of relief. Use them sooner, rather than later, and prevent a meltdown before it happens.
Meditation isn’t complicated. However, it can still be difficult to meditate effectively and gain the most benefits from your time meditating. It’s a simple thing that requires a lot of experience to master.
There are many things that can disturb your ability to focus. If you can control the variables that interfere with your focus, you can learn to effectively meditate.
Try these tips to increase your meditation benefits:
1. Limit the distractions. Find a peaceful time and place for meditation. Turn off the radio, TV, and cell phone. Close the windows and doors to avoid the noise outside. Consider setting a timer to avoid meditating for too long or falling asleep.
2. Slowly increase the distractions. Most people meditate alone, in a dimly lit, quiet space. The real trick is to be able to meditate in a loud, crowded, uncomfortable space. If you can meditate under less-than-ideal conditions, the rest will be easy.
3. Try meditating at the same time each day. Just as you get tired about the same time each night, your brain will learn to slow down and prepare for meditation. Just keep a consistent schedule to train your mind.
4. Limit your food intake before meditating. Avoid eating anything for a few hours before you meditate. Digestion requires a lot of energy.
5. Ensure you have the correct posture. One of the most important parts of meditation is sitting in an upright position. Any slouching or leaning will create muscular tension to maintain that position. Sit up straight to achieve maximum comfort.
6. Relax your body. Tension is the enemy. There is a tendency to tense the body when concentrating or focusing. This makes meditation more challenging.
7. Meditate in a familiar environment. It’s important to learn to meditate in a variety of environments, but try to spend most of your meditation time in one place. You’ll begin to associate that location with meditation.
8. Reflect on your meditation. Ask yourself what you can do to meditate even better. Keep asking this question and use the answers to your advantage.
Meditation has so many benefits, but there are probably more benefits than you realize. The more effectively you meditate, the more you’ll get out of it. When you first sit down to meditate, remind yourself that all your challenges and concerns will have to wait until you’re finished. This can be a powerful tool to keep distracting thoughts at bay.
Enjoy the benefits of a deeper and more meaningful meditation session. Put these tips into practice to reap the greatest rewards.
Today it seems as though everyone in society is busy. Who isn’t running around trying to juggle careers, schools and home life? This can become a traumatic experience for some. The pressure from your peers and friends to fit in and succeed are enormous. So how do you deal with all of this while still keeping your sanity?
Lately there has been a ton of research conducted on the benefits of meditating on a regular basis. Meditation is nothing new, by any means, it is an art form that has been practised for centuries. So why is it now being looked at as a healing process?
In short we can put it down to our society as a whole. Families today see both parents working and this places added pressure on the entire family. Everyone is always rushed. You go to work to run home and prepare dinner. Then there is homework to be done, laundry that needs doing and there seems like there is never any time for you!
Just look at some of the tools that you use in your life. You probably carry around a Smartphone or an iPad or laptop. This just increases your activity levels. Even on the bus or in the car you are busy doing something. Years ago a bus ride could have been viewed as a restful experience.
When was the last time you turned off all of your devices for 24 hours or even less? Quite some time ago I expect!
Meditation gives you that time in your day when you can slow down and relax. Just sitting in a comfortable chair and closing your eyes for 20 minutes can be a huge help. Your body and your mind finally have the time to take a break. You can stop thinking at a million miles per hour, instead you have the time to focus on just one thing.
Research has shown that using some type of meditation method has helped reduced stress, crime and violence in society. It has also shown increases in understanding, positivity and in people experiencing that peaceful, glad to be alive feeling.
You can really see just how busy we are as a society. This is why taking up the art of meditation is an excellent choice for many people. Meditating forces you to take time out, sit down and clear your mind.
After a few sessions of meditating you will notice that your concentration levels have increased as well as your productivity levels. Overall you will start to enjoy living life to the fullest again.