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Reduce Stress With Yoga and Meditation

Aug 17, 2007
In our increasingly busy and fast-paced world, stress is becoming more and more apparent. Stress can cause many problems, however. Stress is connected to high blood pressure and hypertension. These things can be bad for the heart. Additionally, stress is also associated with mental fatigue and emotional fatigue. Physical fatigue can also be a problem caused by stress. Reducing feelings of stress can lead to a healthier life overall, beyond just the physical sense. When your emotional and mental needs are taken care of, as well as your physical needs, you can feel better about yourself, remain calmer, and enjoy the benefits of clearer thinking and emotions.

Yoga and meditation are two inter-twined ways to achieve lower stress in your life. Both of these things have been shown to help reduce blood pressure, provide emotional relief, and relieve mental fatigue. They have also been shown to contribute to an increase in physical energy levels. Rather than sap your strength and energy as stress build-up does, yoga and meditation can help to increase your strength and energy.

Yoga and meditation are both ways to help you release your stress, channeling it into more positive and constructive channels. Allowing the tension that stress causes to build-up without release can lead to anger management problems, physical ailments, and mental fatigue. By getting rid of the stress, you allow yourself to focus more mentally, and you are able to think more clearly, letting fewer things bother you and cause an angry explosion of negative emotion. Such outbursts as emotional release have been shown to have negative impacts on the body's health.

Any exercise is beneficial when it comes to stress relief, but yoga is helpful because it incorporates a variety of techniques that are medically shown to reduce stress. Breathing (slow and deliberate), fluid body movements, and strength building exercise are all things that can relieve stress and result in lowered blood pressure. Additionally, yoga in meant to help the mind and spirit as well, contributing to clearer thinking and better feelings. When one has feelings of general well-being, this is a healthy attitude that contributes to a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, and a sense of confidence and emotional stability.

Meditation is also helpful. It is linked in many ways to yoga. In meditation, you focus on something soothing, whether it is an inspirational verse, a calming image, a single syllable, or the way you are breathing. This pushes out other thoughts, and releases stress, allowing you to relax and your body to let go of the accrued tension. It is possible to do meditative yoga, and combine the benefits of the two practices.

It is important to reduce the feelings of stress you have in your life. If you can reduce the amount of emotional, mental, and physical stress that you feel, your body will be healthier and you will have more energy. You will feel better and think more clearly. And as a result, you will feel less stress in your life overall.
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