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Meditation - A Great Way to Deal With Stress

May 27, 2008
Meditation has become a popular alternative therapy for many people. It has been used in Eastern countries for thousands of years in religious rituals, for stress relief, and to treat certain medical ailments. In today's society, it is used mostly to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. As with any alternative medicine or therapy though, there are some that are still skeptical about whether or not meditation really works and if it has any benefits whatsoever.

There have been several studies conducted that indicate that meditation can be very effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression or even just as a relaxation technique. It is thought that it actually redirects the blood flow from the sympathetic nervous system where the brain reacts quickly, to the parasympathetic nervous system where the brain rests and relaxes. This allows a person to go into a completely relaxed state while lowering their pulse rate and conserving energy. Many people find that meditating first thing in the morning allows them remain calm and relaxed throughout the rest of their day. They also find that it is easier to concentrate and think more clearly.

The one thing that many people do not understand about meditation is that it is not an immediate solution. They try it once or twice and find that it does not work for them. Unfortunately, it takes time and practice to master the technique. A person must be able to completely relax both their body and their mind in order for it to be effective. They also need to believe wholeheartedly that it will work otherwise it is a waste of time. When meditating it is important to do it with passion and intensity in order to get positive results.

If done correctly, meditation can be extremely beneficial. Some of the physiological benefits associated with it include decreased blood pressure and heart rate, pain control, lowered cholesterol levels, and improved breathing for those suffering from respiratory ailments. There are also several psychological benefits, which include depression relief, stress relief, anxiety relief, improved memory, increased alertness, better concentration, less irritability and decreased mood swings. Many have also found that it has a positive impact on both their personal and professional relationships.

There is very little physical risk, if any, associated with any of the different meditation techniques. However, it should be noted that intense meditation has been known to cause or worsen certain psychological disorders. This is a rare occurrence and at this point, there are no reports that indicate any other side effects. Even so, if you suffer from any type of psychological disorder, it is strongly recommended that you seek the advice of your treating physician before you try meditation.

Meditation has been around for a very a long time and it does not appear as if it is going away anytime soon. It is becoming increasingly more popular among those that choose alternative therapies and medicines to treat their ailments. However, it can also be very complementary when used with modern medicinal treatments. It is safe and it has been proven to be very effective.
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