Today we are going to look at Meditation: How To Reduce Stress.
Meditation will help you to relieve stress, anxiety and worry by training your mind. Some of the most well known methods of using meditation to decrease anxious thoughts are
- mindfulness meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
- mantra meditation
- guided meditation
Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about the benefits of meditation
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.
Meditation and emotional well-being
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage your stress
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions Original story at Mayo Clinic
Meditation How To Reduce Stress
To create relaxation and peace of mind
Imagine a peaceful place where you feel completely safe and secure. Imagine you are there now and use all your 5 senses to make this visualization vivid in your mind. You will feel calm and secure and even happy if the place you choose makes you happy. This technique enables you to recreate an earlier experience whenever you want for stress relief.
Feel an emotion vividly to create more powerful and positive inner states
Think of something that makes you smile. Feel that smile spread through our body filling you with your smile. Imagine how you look with a big smile on your face and how you would stand, sit and feel. You can do this with any positive emotion. For example think of situations, people or things that make you feel love or joy and spread it through your body.
Reprogramming your response to stressful situations
This technique brings together the lessons of positive thinking and the meditation for relaxation to make it easier to change your behavior. This technique will work as a simple positive thinking exercise and you can combine it with the meditation practice to make it a powerful self-hypnosis technique.
First – choose a stressful situation that you want to change. I.e. something that you wish you would react to differently or handle with more calm and confidence.
Second – Imagine/Visualize the way you want to act and behave in great detail. If you want to feel calm, alert and confident then imagine how your would act in a previously stressful situation where you now have the ability to remain calm and confident.
Third – Step into the scene you have created. Imagine you are actually in this situation you have created. Feel the calmness and confidence you would feel in this visualization of how you would like to behave and act.
When applying this technique you can use the first two techniques (above) as guides to creating a particularly vivid visualization. Tip: Use all 5 senses and the positive emotions you want to feel.
Original article here – http://www.instantstressmanagement.com/3-visualization-techniques.html
There are many other fine ways you can use meditation to reduce stress.
In my opinion, if you really are committed to learning how to reduce stress with meditation, you should check out Dr. Kilstein’s new and innovative program 10 Minutes To Bliss.