Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It is also what triggers the human body into a fight-flight-or-freeze response, complete with squirts of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Despite the severe harm that stress causes our minds and bodies, it has been normalized into most lives. That is the real danger because stress literally kills.
Fortunately, meditation and mindfulness create a deep state of relaxation that holders of stress need, in order to reduce the health risks associated with stress. We have developed a variety of guided meditations that help relieve the following expressions of stress:
- Anxiety is a mental state that makes emotional regulation difficult. This study shows that a consistent meditation practice creates new pathways in the brain, and improves your ability to regulate your emotions.
- Insomnia is the brain’s inability to stop being awake, according to researchers. Meditation helps calm the arousal that tends to keep the brain awake.
- Fear is the dread of someone or something causing danger, pain, or threat. Meditation centers your thoughts in the safety of the present moment.
- Grief is the heart’s natural response to loss. Meditation helps you cultivate mental resilience, and a closer connection with yourself and others.
- Life transitions are inevitable, but can cause stressful feelings of disruption and uncertainty. Meditation creates an anchor of stability within you, that helps ensure more steadiness, no matter what change you face.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations and behaviors that drive a person to do something unwanted, over and over. Meditation helps you to literally rewire your brain, and create a more harmonious relationship with all of your thoughts, including the obsessive ones.
- Panic attacks are an abrupt onset of an intense fear or discomfort that peaks within minutes, and is accompanied with a number of physical symptoms. The attacks are terrifying while being experienced, but they always pass within minutes. Meditation helps you remind yourself that you are safe, and the panic you feel is coming from anxiety, and not a real heart condition.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it, or witnessing it. This study reveals the present-orientation of mindful meditation reduces worry, and increases control of intrusive memories. It gives the biggest endorsement by saying: “… meditation practices have elements of exposure, cognitive change, attentional control, self-management, relaxation, and acceptance, all of which are pertinent to the symptoms of PTSD.
- And other stress-related areas of life. Whether you are an overwhelmed mother giving your best at home, a highly pressured worker giving your best at the office, (or both!), you can immediately benefit from even just a single session of meditation.
Stress and anxiety are not supposed to be a lifestyle. They actually lead to sickness, while meditation is a powerful resource always available to you, and has never been easier to experience than by merely listening. Are you ready to relax, and enjoy a less anxious life?