Can meditation help with stress?

Meditation is a practice in which an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm and stable state. 

Meditation is also a consciousness-changing technique that has been shown to have a wide number of benefits on psychological well-being.  It is a great way to increase your resilience to stress.  If you have anxiety, it will help reduce your general tendency towards physiological over-arousal and calm your nervous system.

Walking helps people concentrate and reduces distractibility, a meditation that involves walking can be a good place to start.

Things you can do

  1. Just start, give it a try, don’t put any pressure on yourself in terms of how long you meditate for.
  2. Form a habit around your meditation practice, establishing a pattern will help develop your ability.
  3. Sit comfortably in a distraction free environment, try to maintain a posture that allows your back to be relaxed but upright.
  4. Focus on your breath, counting as you breath in and out can help focus the mind away from wandering to other things.

Useful links & resources

FREE Meditation Podcasts & Information Samadhi
Samadhi is a small, non-sectarian organisation run as a non-profit, led by David Johnson and Manuel Orozco Jimenez.

FREE Meditation Podcast Library FM Podcasts
Player FM offer a great range of podcasts. Easy to use it's a great way to discover new podcasts.

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