Today’s guest post is brought to you by David Starikov of blisslotus.com.
According to a national survey, over 40 million Americans are dealing with anxiety disorders right now.
The truth is though, you don’t have to be a statistic. Whether its handling day-to-day stress, balancing work and home, or dealing with the overwhelming and debilitating fear of handling it all, there is a natural way to provide relief for your body and mind.
Research proves that meditation has the power to teach you to live in the here and now and not get stuck in the stress that takes over.
It is often helpful to understand that stress, in moderation, is just a normal part of life. However, the problem begins to present itself when the stress accumulating over time takes over your thoughts literally stunting you from succeeding.
When that stress interferes with your ability to cope and function, it can then create havoc such as full-blown anxiety or anxiety disorder.
Physical symptoms brought on by anxiety include a myriad of health issues that often contribute to a long-term poor quality of life. Increased heart rate, stomach issues ranging from constipation to diarrhea, muscle tension all over the body, incapacitating headaches and insomnia are just a few of the challenges stress brings into your life.
Often, people unable to handle the fear and the anxiousness self-medicate through food, alcohol or even drugs to deal with their stress. But, these ‘band-aid’ techniques do not solve anxiety at its core and do not teach a person to alleviate the anxiety from within.
This is where meditation comes in. Meditation offers a holistic alternative to other coping mechanisms in decreasing and often mitigating these health issues altogether. Decreasing anxiety actually creates a healthier person.
Meditation’s deep breathing techniques, posture and focus allow the anxiousness building to suddenly lose its grips on the mind and body. Daily meditators and medical professionals have reported for years the tremendous health and mental benefits they see and feel after a meditation session.
Transcendental Meditation, a technique that incorporates sitting comfortably in a chair for just a few minutes a day, with the eyes closed inside the mind, allows you the opportunity to quiet stressful thoughts, calm fears, and shut out anxiety.
As the mind quiets and thoughts flit in and out, they are allowed no control over your body as you concentrate only on deep breathing and focus. The body will immediately respond with a deep state of relaxation, as all of the stress seems to dissolve instantly. All of this can be achieved in less than twenty-five minutes a day.
Guided meditation may be a great option to explore as well. For someone new to meditation, a meditation guide via an mp3 download, cd or actual voice, aids the meditator to imagine a focal point. It could be anything from a sea of splashing waves to a full-blown mind relaxing adventure that takes the meditators thoughts right to a warm and stress-free zone.
Meditation’s tremendous wellness benefits have contributed to thousands of people joining the stress relieving revolution. Mental health professionals are constantly teaching patients the techniques or recommending a meditation class.
Learning to take control of your thoughts and recharge your batteries allows you to become a more productive and healthy person. Even when it seems that there isn’t enough time in the day – taking those few moments to meditate and create a soothing environment from the inside out with actually pay for itself by allowing you more time to focus on the task at hand and less on your anxiety.
Thanks for reading! My name is David Starikov and I run a website and blog about self-help and meditation. If you are interested in learning more about how to meditate and the different techniques then come to www.blisslotus.com