Meditation is the most effective way to control anxiety and stress, improve your health and relax your body and mind. The fight or flight response is a natural response of the body when exposed to sudden stress or threat. We experience adrenaline rush where the body releases hormones called epinephrine and norepinephrine which causes an increase in blood pressure and pulse rate. This unexpected adrenaline rush can lead to medical conditions like heart attack and others.
Meditation is a relaxation technique which aims at an opposite response from the body. A state of deep relaxation in which our breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure, and metabolism are decreased. Training our bodies on a daily basis to achieve this state of relaxation can lead to enhanced mood, lower blood pressure, improved digestion, and a reduction of everyday stress.
Meditation should be done while sitting quietly with a good posture and eyes closed for 10 to 20 minutes. This should be done in a quiet place free of distractions. Sitting is preferred to lying down in order to avoid falling asleep. You should relax your muscles starting with the feet and progressing upwards to your face. It is important to breathe through your nose in a free and natural way.
Any worries and troublesome thoughts should be dismissed. You should try and focus your entire concentration on a sound, word or phrase. It requires practice, but starting with smaller durations will eventually help to build up the concentration level and improve relaxation. Stress and anxiety can lead to building up of pressures which hampers our daily routine. Meditation gives the space to clear all these pressures and focus our energies on things that matter.
Meditation is a quick way to relieve stress and relax you immediately. It can be easily accommodated into the daily routine to build resilience to stress. This leaves you feeling better, refreshed, and ready to face the challenges of your day with a healthy attitude.