Stress, as I am sure you have seen reported repeatedly, can be a contributor to many illnesses including autoimmune diseases, depressions, chronic fatigue, heart disease, insomnia and anxieties to name a few.
During stress our bodies go into a protection mode which causes our bodies to pump out adrenaline and cortisol, increase our heart rates, blood sugars and reduce insulin production and suppression of our immune system.
Meditation releases stress and can not only help to reverses the physical effects, as above, but with regular use can help to reduce the build up of previous stress and start to promote an inner calmness.
Meditate for Better Health – calming and centring Meditate to Sharpen your mind – living mindfully Meditate to be more aware of your body and mind – healing body and mind Meditate to balance your emotions -love and compassion Meditate to heal psychological problems – problem solving Meditate to contemplate the mysteries of life – manifesting our dreams
Sitting quietly and enabling you to look within has been reported to trigger the brain to release neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin and endorphins – the feel good natural chemicals.
Dopamine governs our pleasure, focus and satisfaction levels whilst serotonin has a calming effect and helps to reduce the effects of feeling stressed.
Starting with just 5 minutes a day, can make profound differences to your own stress and anxiety levels.
There are groups that you can join in your local community, or audio CDs that guide you through a deep relaxation. Alternatively you can find further meditations on “You Tube”.