Meditation and relaxation are stress releasing techniques. Practice daily to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
Meditation & Relaxation Difference
Meditation involves suspending all thoughts from the mind. Meditation is characterized by slow deep breathing and exhalation. It is a way to balance physical, emotional and mental states producing deep relaxation. Meditation has been an important part of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism from thousands of years.
Relaxation is a result of meditation. Relaxation involves the thought process but meditation tries to transcend the thought process. In medical terms, relaxation means refreshment of body or mind, loosening or slackening, the lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers. Relaxation is the opposite to the fight-or-flight response.
Meditation is more effective than general relaxation techniques at reducing mental and physical stress. Different techniques of meditation are Yoga, transcendental meditation, Tai-Chi, Chi Kung or Qi Gong, etc.
Best time for Meditation/Relaxation
Meditation can be practiced at any time, morning, noon, evening or night. Keeping a time aside for meditation helps with maintaining regularity.
Benefits of Meditation and Relaxation
Meditation reduces stress. Recent research by Sara Lazer of Massachusetts General Hospital shows that meditation directly affects the function and structure of brain. It increases attention span, sharpen focus and improves memory. Daily practice of meditation can thicken the parts of brain's cerebral cortex which is responsible decision making, memory and attention.
Looking to the benefits of meditation, many companies including Google, Deutsche bank and Hughs Aircraft Company offer meditation classes to their employees. They believe that mediation improves productivity by regulating emotions and preventing stress-related illnesses.
- Stress management
- Promote good health
- Mental peace
- Inner happiness and fulfillment
- Good sleep
- Relief in body joints aches
- Reduced blood pressure
- Lower pulse rate
- Decreased metabolic rate
- Changes in the serum levels of various substances
- Increase creativity and intelligence
- Faster reaction time
- Better memory
Stress & Meditation - Relaxation Topics
Meditation relaxation techniques
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Progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) technique
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