Stress Meditation Techniques

September 21, 2010 by admin  
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If you are suffering from stress meditation can be a great way to relieve the symptoms. Buddhist monks and nuns, who meditate often, are well known for being some of the calmest people on earth. Of course, meditation is practiced by Christians and people of many other religions too. Fortunately you can get a lot of the same benefits without booking in for life at the nearest monastery.

In order to relieve stress meditation is usually practiced regularly. It is possible, of course, to sit down and meditate whenever you feel especially stressed, but often times this is not convenient. Anyway, you will get better results if you practice it often.

Try to meditate every day at the same time. For most people the best time is either first thing in the morning, last thing at night or after an exercise session.

Anti stress meditation does not have to be practiced for very long. It is much more effective to sit for 10 minutes, six days a week, than to meditate for a whole hour once a week.

So here is how to do it. First make sure that you will not be interrupted during your stress meditation time. You might want to put a ‘Do not disturb’ notice on the door. Switch off your phone. Use some kind of timer or alarm so that you do not have to keep looking at a clock.

Then find a comfortable position either sitting or lying down. Lie flat on your back on the floor or on a mat, with no pillow. If you are sitting, you can be crosslegged on a cushion on the floor in the traditional meditation posture or use a chair. Be sure to keep your back straight. In a chair, have both feet flat on the ground.

Be aware of your breath flowing in and out through your nostrils. You can either close your eyes or have them slightly open, looking down. You may find it helpful to work through the body, relaxing each part. Do not forget the muscles of the face, which carry a lot of tension.

You will find that thoughts and emotions arise while you are doing this. Try to let them go. They will pass by themselves if you do not get caught up in them.

Some people find it helpful to listen to some relaxing music or sounds or water, birdsong etc while they meditate. There are many relaxation CDs that you can find in a music store or online. It is better to get something that is specially designed for relaxation and does not include any lyrics. Songs can be very emotive and can arouse strong feelings, making you more stressed instead of less.

Alternatively, you might want to investigate binaural beats which play a special rhythm designed to set the brain’s waves to a frequency that is associated with deep relaxation. You can play these on an MP3 player with stereo headphones. Just one warning: you may want to do this in the evening rather than earlier in the day, because binaural beats played during anti stress meditation can be so relaxing you will want to go to sleep right after you finish!

Stress Management Skills That Will Work

April 20, 2010 by admin  
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Stress Management is a necessary component of every life. Stress is something that everyone faces everyday and how they deal with it will decide whether they are successful in life.

There are many ways to reduce stress. One of the best ways is to take some time out of your day for yourself and only you. You could take a walk around the block, do some yoga, go to the club, whatever you like to do, do it! Stress is common, but if you do something you love for one hour, it’s one hour you aren’t thinking about your stress!

Another thing you can do for stress management is to think positive. Most people bring on their stress by thinking too much. If there is a deadline that you might not make you think you might get fired, and then lose your house and you just keep on going.

How realistic is that? Is your entire job tied to one deadline? Can’t you meet the deadline if you take a second to just breathe? Thinking logically can dissolve the negativity and reduce your overall stress level. This will also help you function better everyday.

As an adult or teen, there is a lot of things people have to deal with. Being stressed is not healthy. It can take years off your life, and can lead to depression and increased anxiety, all of which lower the quality of your life. The best thing you can try to do towards stress management is eliminate the things in your that give you too much stress. Although this may seem impractical, it can be realistic! If you work in a high stress environment, pay attention to where you feel stressed and change the way you look at it. Maybe you have a very early deadline? Think about it as a chance for you to prove your skills and hopefully do what you love!