Does Meditation Reduce Stress?

Stress and anxiety result when we feel we can’t handle the pressures and adverse situations of everyday life. If you are having a hard time adapting to stress or are lacking focus, follow through, and creativity, it may be time for you to start a meditation practice.

 Source of stress

1. Social Stress

Social stress mainly refers to situations and events that lead to changes in individual lifestyles and require people to adjust and adapt to them. Social stressors include changes in personal life as well as important events in social life. Changes in personal life often put pressure on people. However, life events include widowhood, divorce, unemployment, relocation, etc.

 2. Mental Stress

Mental StressMental stress is stressful messages from people's minds. Examples include psychological conflicts and frustrations, unrealistic expectations, ominous premonitions, and stress and tension associated with job responsibilities. The significant difference between psychological stressors and other types of stressors is that they come directly from people's minds and reflect psychological problems. 

3. Body Stress

Body stress is an irritant that causes a state of tension in the body through direct stimulation of the human body, including physical, chemical, and biological stimuli. Such as too high or too low temperature, microorganisms, deteriorating foods, acid and alkali stimulants. This type of stimulation is the main cause of physiological reactions that cause physiological stress and stress.

 4. Culture Stress

The most common cultural stress is cultural migrations, from one language environment or cultural background to another language environment or cultural background, which exposes people to a new living environment, unfamiliar customs and different lifestyles. , thus creating pressure. If you do not change your habits and adapt to new changes, you will often have a bad psychological reaction. For example, studying abroad or immigration, if there is no psychological preparation for environmental change, there is no certain level of foreign language, it is difficult to adapt in the context of foreign culture, and it is impossible to communicate.

 

Stress Prevention

First, the greater the pressure, the better the rest, only to ensure adequate sleep can effectively alleviate the stress and resistance encountered during daytime work or study. Second, exercise can release people's depressed mood, relieve part of the pressure, release themselves from both physical and psychological aspects, and people who like sports must be more optimistic and cheerful. Third, you can cultivate your own hobbies, included raise flowers, keep pets, spend flowers, read books, play chess, exercise, etc., and you have the heart to pinch so that you can transfer the pressure that makes you worry. Fourth, when you have troubles or feeling stress, you should know how to listen or talk to your friends. This is a good way to prevent stress.

 How to view and handle stress

According to a Harvard study, they invited participants to participate in stress tests and told them to see stress response as a boost. The results show that the blood vessels of people who are positively stressed are relaxed and healthy, and the heart is still strongly contracted. In a typical stress response, the heartbeat is accelerated and the blood vessels are also contracted. People who have been in this state are not healthy, which is one of the causes of cardiovascular disease caused by chronic stress. We are used to treating stress as a hazard and fighting it. However, if we can adopt a positive attitude to embrace stress, we can reduce the negative impact of stress on us. Psychologists have found that embracing stress requires a high degree of tolerance for contradictions and uncertainty. Therefore, you need to understand that everything has two sides. Stress can make you sick or depressed, but it can also make you grow and be more compassionate. 

Meditation reduces stress

Meditation is the most effective way to deal with stress. Make your body more relaxed by meditation. Neuroscientist Davis conducted a blood test on long-term meditation and found that the meditation person was more moderate in the body's stress hormone cortisol at the end of each day than others. I believe you have learned that high levels of stress hormones affect learning and memory, while normal levels of stress hormones help to learn and remember. In addition, meditation enables us to secrete more endorphins, arouse our positive emotions, increase the level of anti-infective T cells, thereby enhancing the body's immunity and counteracting the negative effects of stress.

 

Meditation Preparation

However, some preparation is required before practicing meditation. For example, practicing meditation in a quiet environment to avoid being disturbed, it is conducive to concentration; turn off electronic devices such as TV, mobile phones, alarm clocks; wear loose clothes and take off shoes; relax your body and do some before meditation Stretching exercise; meditation sitting posture, find a most suitable posture, the traditional is the lotus seat, you can also do meditation on the chair, in short, comfortable; close your eyes, slowly enter the realm of meditation