Meditation can relax your mind and help fight stress.
Is your job stressful? For many of us, the answer is probably "Sometimes," or even, "Yes!"
Most of us experience some stress while we're at work. A little pressure can be good for you, by increasing productivity and performance. But too much can affect your physical and mental health in a profoundly negative way.
One useful technique for dealing with stress is meditation. This is not just a "new age" practice – people have used meditation for thousands of years to relax their minds and bodies, and to manage stress.
In this article, we'll look at the practical application for meditation as a stress management tool. We'll look at some simple meditation techniques, and offer ideas you can use to find time in your daily schedule to meditate.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years. The word "meditate" comes from the Latin word "meditatum", which means "to ponder" – to contemplate or think about.
Over the years, people have used meditation to deepen their understanding of the spiritual nature of life. Originally, it was practiced for religious purposes. Today, however, millions of people meditate as a way of relaxing and managing stress.
Meditation has several disciplines, each of which uses different techniques to reach a state of deep relaxation. But most techniques involve sitting quietly, while focusing concentration and quietening the mind.
When you meditate, you calm your mind and body. Your heart rate slows down, you sweat less, and your breathing becomes deeper and more efficient.
This is the opposite of some of the main symptoms you have when you're stressed, such as breathlessness, sweating, and heart palpitations. So meditation can fight the effects of stress, and help you feel more relaxed.
Taking time out to meditate can help you fight stress at work, but, for obvious reasons, you might be reluctant to sit in the "lotus position" in front of your co-workers.
However, there are some easy, discreet ways to meditate in the workplace, even with a busy schedule. Here are a few different techniques you can try:
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