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Play to Relieve Stress

Pets~Play~and doing what we love CAN help to relieve and avoid stress. Do you have a pet? If you do, does it make you feel good when you spend time with them? Pets are a great stress and anxiety reliever. Spending time petting and playing with your pets can certainly…

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Relieve Stress with Foods

There are certain foods and snacks that can actually help to calm you. These special foods contain helpful nutrients and/or energy that will get you through the day felling more focused, even and balanced. High-folate foods are an excellent way of getting the nutritional support your body needs to function…

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Aroma-therapy for Stress Relief

Aroma-therapy for Stress Relief Aroma-therapy can help relieve stress because your sense of smell works with your brain and helps it to trigger certain positive emotional, neurological and chemical responses to the smells you take in. There are a lot of natural scents you can use to help relieve stress…

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Relax to relieve stress

Relax, it relieves stress We all have many tools within our bodies. One of these tools is our Calm Response. When we practice techniques to help our bodies relax, we activate this Calm Response tool and once activated, it switches itself on when we need it and helps us relax…

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Less Stress, More JOY

Do you want to be happy? I know it is a silly question for some of you, but seriously, wouldn’t you like to live a really happy life, every day of your life? I am sure your answer is yes. But some people are just OK with being unhappy. They…

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What is Stress?

Stress One definition of stress is this:  A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Anything that poses a challenge or threat to our well-being is considered a stress. Stress is a feeling we have while under pressure. Stress is something that…

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Meditation – Exercise for the MIND

MEDITATION – EXERCISE FOR THE MIND When most people think about health, wellness, and improved fitness, the main thoughts that come to their mind include traditional forms of exercise such as running, strength training, swimming, or playing team sports, along with dieting and nutrition. While all are great and are going to work towards improving your physical fitness level and nutritional standing, one key element of ‘health and wellness’ that is far too often overlooked is the mental component. If you’re not taking care of mind and body, you’re leaving half of the equation missing. Yet, people do this each and every day. They put all their attention to their diet and workouts, without thinking about what’s going on in their mind. This is where meditation comes in. Think of meditation as exercise for the mind, the same way that running or a session of weight lifting helps to strengthen your body, or the same way that a grilled salmon and steamed vegetable meal provides you with nutrients. When you can align all three elements – exercise, good nutrition, and meditation, this is when you will achieve a state of optimal health and function. Practicing daily meditation has been shown to help you physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

Physical benefits of meditation:  

Reduced heart rate

  1. Reduced blood pressure
  2. Improved energy levels
  3. Decreased muscular tension
  4. Lower risk of heart disease
  5. Balancing of blood sugar levels
  6. Improved recovery from exercise

Mental/Psychological benefits of meditation:

  1.  Reduction in anger & aggression
  2. Increased happiness & joy
  3. Improved concentration & focus
  4. Increased self-confidence & self esteem 
  5. Improved general state of well being
  6. Improved total relaxation

Spiritual benefits of meditation

  1. Connecting the body & soul
  2. Prayer becomes more effective
  3. Fostering a closer relationship with your higher power
  4. Improving your karma

Meditation helps you to reach a higher level of focus & concentration – to have a clear mental state. Because the benefits are extremely varied, many can benefit by including meditation in their daily lives.  Meditation impacts you on so many levels that it is highly applicable to such a wide group of people. 

STRESS:  Stress is one of the worst silent killers in today’s world, impacting almost your entire overall wellbeing. 

Stress will sap your energy, riddle you with health concerns, decrease your enjoyment of daily living, and even deplete your mental resources to perform other tasks. Unless you are taking measures to control your stress, stress WILL control YOU.

Meditation is one of the greatest stress controlling techniques, so it can easily help to reduce your stress to help you start feeling healthier and better every day.

This Meditation Article is provided by http://www.thejoys.us

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