How meditation will reduce your stress levels?

meditation May 15, 2021
How meditation will reduce your stress levels?

Meditation can be whatever you want it to be. It can be going on a walk, taking a bath, or even reading a book. And yet some people think that there is only one way to meditate. This is not true at all! Nowadays, there are many different ways to meditate and many of them have been scientifically proven to help people in many different ways. For example, people who mediate regularly have less anxiety and depression than those who don't. Meditating can help people be more focused, less stressed, and even more relaxed.

Meditation is the act of sitting still and focusing your mind on things like your breathing or a mantra. It is not clear when meditation was started, but some people think it goes back to ancient times. In fact, there are many religions that have a form of meditation in them. And yet there are other people who think that meditation is a modern thing, thanks to the work of scientists like Dr. Herbert Benson who popularized the health benefits of meditation in the late 1960s with his book "The Relaxation Response.

Studies have shown that meditation is good for your mental and physical health. Meditation can help you focus, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and depression, keep excess pounds off, get rid of insomnia, and many other things. While there are many different theories as to why meditation works, scientists all agree on one thing: it makes your body work better. When you meditate regularly, your body feels more relaxed than when you don't meditate. It's like being in the middle of a deep sleep on the inside with the outside world feeling awake.

Many people begin to meditate when they read about its benefits or learn it from their parents or school teachers. For people who have never meditated before, it may be a hard thing to do, but it isn't very hard really. It doesn't take special skills or anything like that at all. You just need a quiet place to do it and you should be alone so that you can concentrate.

Follow these steps if you want to start meditating:

* Find a place where you can sit with your back straight.
* Sit in such a way where your legs are crossed (or if your legs don't work for you, cross one leg over the other). Put the same amount of weight on both feet (if necessary, put the left foot on top of the right).
* Try to sit as still as you can.
* Take a few deep breaths and think of something that you enjoy doing.
* Dwell on the experience for the time being, and then let the experience go.
* Repeat this process at least for five minutes, or until you feel you've relaxed enough.

Since meditation can be a very hard thing to do at first, it may take some practice before you become completely relaxed with it. If you're having trouble, think of a place or a person that makes you feel good. Then, picture yourself there or with that person. Dwell on the thought for five minutes and put all of your attention into it. Then after five minutes, open your eyes slowly and wait for the feeling to leave you completely. If you feel like you need more practice, do this as many times as needed until you get good at it.

In the end, meditation is a simple skill to learn and it doesn't take very long to pick up. It's just about relaxing and focusing on one thing for a few moments. Take your time. You don't have to rush things, and you shouldn't get upset if you find it hard the first few times. It takes time to do something well.

If you would like to try meditation I am running a free one off meditation masterclass on Monday 24th May @ 8pm.  Register here to watch live or replay anytime you wish:

https://www.sj-lewis.com/meditation-masterclass

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By Sarah-Jane Lewis
Holistic Energy Practitioner
www.sj-lewis.com

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