Meditation A Great Way To Relieve Stress For Optimum Health And Wellness

If you’re living in the 21st Century then chances are you’re living with some form of stress or another.

Stress is the inevitable consequence of life in a modern and ever-increasing demanding world. We find it lurking at every corner waiting to jump out and rob us of some of our most valuable resources.

Although there is a form of stress called Eustress that is actually good for you, stress for the most part is hazardous and damaging to your health. Its a.k.a. the ‘silent killer’ and should not be understated. If you’re not vigilant, stress will slowly but surely take a grip and reap havoc on your physical and mental health.

So what do you need to know to take control of the silent killer before it takes control for you?

In this post, let’s look briefly at the definition of stress, how it’s likely to show up in your life and how to get rid of it or at least make it more manageable.

I’m also going to share with you an amazing remedy to relieve stress that really works and will point you in the direction to optimum health.

stress, stress management, stress prevention, eustress, stress bustersMy Story! Is It Yours Too?

There I was, a cog in the corporate wheel, number 43567 on a superfluous spreadsheet, working like crazy to hit some performance target or another.

My job was pretty stressful and as for my nose, well that was always pressed firmly to the grindstone!

Like most of my co-workers and just about everybody I know, stress was no stranger to my daily routine and the toil of 9 to 5, was increasingly taking its toll. 🙁

In Psychology Today stress is defined:

“as a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body… You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them”

Read more: 

You can see from the above definition that certain elements are present in relation to stress:

  • There is a Stimulus or Stressor (the environment).
  • The Response or Strain (the amount of stress experienced).
  • The Process (your cognitive, behavioural and emotional response to it).

I have gone into a lot more detail here

Do you see this play out when you look at the stress in your own life?

Firstly you may see the stimulus or stressor in your work environment that you perceive as stressful. Perhaps it looks like a pile of emails sitting in your inbox marked  ‘urgent’ but with all the other demands being hurled in your direction, you simply cannot get to them. Sound familiar?

Stressor.

So in a futile effort to catch up, you stay a couple of hours after work one or two days a week. It then turns into more days of working late which puts a strain on your family life, but the voice in your head says ‘damn it, I must catch up with these emails before my boss gets wind and my job’s on the line’. Sound familiar?

The response or strain.

As the goal posts get wider and wider and the weight of it all heavier and heavier, your health begins to deteriorate more and more.

Logically you know the pressure is having a negative impact on you but you feel isolated and powerless to do anything about it. You feel like you’re about to explode inside and the only sense of relief come in floods of tears that have become a regular feature during trips to the ladies or in the stillness of the night when your family is soundly asleep.

The process (your response to it.)

Although most would agree that stress is an inevitable part of our daily grind, the important aspect is without doubt, the process. Your response to it. Why? Because it is the only aspect YOU have control over.

The more you nurture the relationship with yourself, the more you are able to respond to the demands and stressors of life. You are more apt at recognising the triggers and removing yourself or managing them accordingly.

You are now in the driving seat of your life and as you take control, you are better positioned to cope with difficult situations. You no longer feel defeated and a victim of your circumstances, instead you become more empowered and willing to rise to the challenges of stressful situations

As important as it is to understand what stress is and hopefully providing a definition has helped, it is equally important to look at practices that will help in relieving some of the stress in your life.

And here’s where I get really excited to share one of my favourite stress busters that is super effective for relieving stress for optimum health.

Meditation!

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What is Meditation?

What are your thoughts as you read this article? What are your thoughts as you eat lunch or do your housework?

For most of us, regardless of what we are doing, our attention is continuously fleeting from one thing to the next. All the while, we are bombarded with thoughts of either the past or the future. Seldom are we fully present or anchored in the moment that is happening now.

Mediation is a practice that creates a mental shift in awareness or states of consciousness. You move your attention away from the day-to-day events and circumstances that you overly identify with and move towards new or awakened states of being.

Meditation can be traced as far back as 5000 years ago where it was integrated into the practices of many ancient cultures such as Hinduism and Buddhism. As we see it traverse to the 21 century much can be learned from a system of balance and harmony placed firmly at its core.

What are some of the benefits of Meditation?

In a world where noise has become the norm and wildness a way of life, practicing meditation is one way to help quiet the mental chatter of an overloaded mind.

Even though you cannot change the circumstances, always remember, you can change your response to it. You have the capacity to alter your emotional state and creating an inner state of peace is much more conducive to good health and happiness. Read more here:

So if you’re not yet wooed on the why’s of meditation, here are more benefits that are sure to get you signed up!

Benefits of Meditation

  • Due to its relaxing qualities meditation has a calming effect thus transforming the psychological processes of your mind.
  • Stress related chemicals are released during anxiety and stressful situations that weaken your immune system. The regular practice of meditation is known to strengthen your immune system.
  • Biological ageing processes are slowed down.
  • Awareness is heightened.
  • Intellectual skills are improved.
  • Creativity is stimulated.
  • You feel a greater sense of wellness and connection.
  • Meaning and appreciation of life is enhanced adding to your emotional stability.
  • Meditation is a powerful antidote to anxiety and stress and brings more balance and harmony to your life.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Mediation alters the frequency of the human energy field and can induce positive feelings of happiness and love.
  • Meditation facilitates Spiritual awakening and growth.

I love this article that includes the 7 Fascinating Facts on meditation by the Huffington Post, take a look at it here:

And if independent scientific proof is what you’re after, watch this short compelling video. You’ll learn how meditation comes out tops, not just for overcoming stress but for addressing a list of other conditions too.

What Next?

Now you know meditation is not only wonderful, it is totally essential to rid you of the unwanted stress in your life. Something we all want.

What if I told you about a cutting edge technology that delivers an easy way to meditate and has been backed up scientifically to give you amazing results?

Life Flow Meditation 2.0

Life Flow™ is a brainwave entrainment system that helps train your brainwaves to naturally slow down. In a more relaxed state your brain emits more alpha waves than it does in a busy hectic state.

Just imagine being able to easily create brainwave frequencies that release healing hormones that reduce stress and lead to a greater sense of wellness.

But just don’t take my word for it. You can experience for yourself how meditation is good for your soul!

Simply sign up for your Free Meditation Course today by clicking the link.

Or to find out more about LifeFlow Meditation 2.0 and give it a free, no obligation trial. Simply click the LifeFlow hyperlink or image.

Say so long to stress and hello to a happier, healthier you!

Meditation is magic for your mind. It has become such an integral part of my life. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It seems to takes you on a magical journey that returns you to your reality in a far better state than before you left!

I think you’ll love it!

Thanks for reading.

Be Blessed, Stay Beautiful

Michee 🙂

P.S Whether your brand new to mediation or a seasoned practitioner, you’ll want to take advantage of this free course. See for yourself why thousands of people have chosen Life Flow™ as the laziest, most enjoyable way to beat stress!

Find out how they did it!

Michee

Certified Life Coach and Professional Health Coach. Passionate Health and Wellness practitioner for over 20 years. Business entrepreneur and Managing Director. Fitness enthusiast with a love for cycling! Writer (blogger), Poet and Mum.

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18 Responses

  1. I’m very happy to uncover this website. I need to to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it and I have you book marked to see new things in your blog.

  2. Michee says:

    Thank you for your kind comments. Please do look out for my new blogs which I post regularly. Why not sign up for my free Ebook and Newsletter to keep updated on all the good stuff!

  3. Every now and then I say, “I’m going to try meditation”. I can see why I never got into it from your post. It isn’t like take a sniff of perfume. It requires some basic understanding as outlined in your great post. For me, like dieting, when the time is right, I will take the steps.

  4. I’ve personally tried meditation, in various forms, many times in my life. I do enjoy the 21-day mediation series that Deepak and Oprah have been offering. For the kind of mind I have, I find something like gardening or a programme called Quiet Heart that is a way to calm your total system with breathing, most effective. Generally it is key for me to have something to be actively doing as a meditation. I read Dan Harris’ book “10% Happier” and loved his journey of discovery through mediation. For those who do mindfulness meditation there is no mantra and then transcendental mediation does use a mantra. As always, I believe that whatever works for the individual, is what I say to go for!

    I love the idea of the LifeFlow series you mention here and will definitely check it out and see if it resonates for me. There is no doubt that the stressors we are all subjected to are on the rise, so the sooner we all find “our way” to calm and relax, the healthier our lives will be. Thanks for sharing such great insights in this post, Michelle!

  5. Yes, I agree. Meditation is good for your health. And there are so many different ways! For myself, I like to shut out the noise of the world, sit in a peaceful setting, read my Bible, and bask in the arms of love. I stand in awe in that presence… as it soothes my spirit, calms my sensors, and peace settles in. It is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Love it! x0x

  6. Deb says:

    Hi Michee – really like this post. It gives some great info for those of us who haven’t practiced mediation: what it is, benefits, and next steps. I’m going to give this a go while I’m traveling next week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Michee says:

    When you’re ready to take the steps Roslyn, I hope you will consider Life Flow, it’s a great way to get started. 🙂

  8. Michee says:

    I also love the 21 day meditation series with Deepak and Oprah. It sounds like you’ve experience many forms of meditating and like everything else, practice makes perfect! Gardening is a great space for mindfulness meditation and immerse yourself fully in the moment’s activity. I do exactly that when gardening too. Meditation has become such an integral part of my life, I’d be hard pushed not to continue, especially as the benefits are so evident in my life. I’d love for you to try Lifeflow Beverley and please do take advantage of the free mediation course so you can try it out first! In the meantime enjoy your Quiet Heart program which sounds wonderful. x

  9. Hi Michee,

    Really enjoyed your post on meditation and the benefits it has for a great stress reliever 🙂 I have always wanted to try meditation but have yet to just find the best way for me 🙂 It is just a matter of being still and it is hard to do , for me at least lol

    Great post! Will keep this post in mind when I really start looking into meditation 🙂

  10. Renee says:

    I probably need meditation and your help with getting started with it, because I do carry a lot of stresses in my life. Though I manage it well, in a sense, I do feel the stress for sure, from work and financial responsibilities, which always do creep up! Meditation is essential nowadays.. Thanks for this reminder, Michelle!

  11. Stress can be very dangerous to one’s health and well-being. I completely agree that meditation is a powerful tool to combat this silent killer. Meditation can take many forms. I personally enjoy meditating during yoga and first thing in the morning before I start my day. I also take a minute periodically during the day to shift my focus and gain clarity. When I was younger, I used to suffer from horrible nightmares. Meditation helped me to train my brain on positive thoughts in a manner where I could actually control the nature of my dreams. It is very rare that I have any type of bad dream any more, at least not any that I remember.

  12. Sharise says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Great tips on how to manage stress. I continue to work on implementation a strategy to slow down my fast paced day. I have found that taking slow deep breaths also helps to calm the reactive part of our brains. Either we run the day or the day runs us!

  13. Michee says:

    Love that line Norma “bask in the arms of love’, thats sounds like the prefect meditation to me. I can feel how much you enjoy your sacred place to just be! Wonderful!

  14. Michee says:

    I’m glad you found the post useful Deb, hope you enjoy meditation and incorporate in to your life on a regular basis. Now that I do, it’s hard to imagine beginning the day without creating that little space of peace!

  15. Michee says:

    Yes, please do check back Joan when you decide to embark on a journey of meditation. The Life Flow program is a great way to get started and you’ll be amazed at the difference it brings to your life. 🙂

  16. Michee says:

    I’d love you to try Life Flow Renee, it’s a great place to escape from the stresses and challenges of life. You literally feel rejuvenated after meditation and you’re whole being is centred which better prepares you for the ups and downs of life.

  17. Michee says:

    Wow, you’ve had some very positive experiences with Meditation Niquenya which is nice to hear! I also like meditation first thing in the morning before the hussle and bussle of the day gets going! It’s encouraging to hear meditation was helpful in eradicating your bad dreams which doesn’t surprise me having seen how powerful and life transforming meditation can be. And you are so right about it being a powerful tool to combat stress which most of us experience at some level or another.

  18. Michee says:

    I’m running mine! At least for the most part and meditation sure does help! I love your proactive approach to your health and that includes emotional and psychological health. 🙂

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