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Why Meditation Can Help Reduce Stress

Every day, people encounter stress, some at work or school and others at home. Despite the fact that people are typically able to cope with stress, there are times when the burden becomes too great and they break down.

The Research on Stress

Hans Selye's General Adaptation Syndrome model identifies three stages that people go through in response to stress. Upon recognizing a threat, the body enters a state of alarm during the first stage. In this phase, the body releases cortisol. In the second stage, the body is unable to withstand the stress and its resources are depleted. Eventually, the body breaks down, which includes immune system exhaustion. This renders the body incapable of fighting off diseases, thereby exposing the individual to illness.

How Meditation Reduces Tension

Meditation is one technique that can help reduce a person's stress levels. By calming the mind and instilling a sense of control in the individual, perceived threats (stress-inducing situations) become easier to manage. However, stress reduction is not the end of the exercise. Since stress can increase susceptibility to illness, reducing stress can aid in maintaining health. Therefore, the practice of meditation can result in improved health and disease resistance.

Therefore, the next time you feel stressed, attempt to calm yourself by meditating. Although your problems will not disappear, you will become mentally prepared to face them.

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A'ho Namaste creates peace movement content and this information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding any type of mental or physical issues. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

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Catherine (Cat) Valliere

After a lifetime of exploration; 2020 Covid life, led me to a full time focus on the gifts of meditation, alternative health and spiritual well being.

Anything I share comes from a place of healing from within myself and in no way is meant to replace professional medical advice.

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