Meditation for Stress Management

Simple Meditation Techniques

Meditation can relax your mind and help fight stress.

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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.

Note:

The techniques and ideas we discuss in this article can help you manage short term stress. However, if you find you're stressed a lot of the time, speak with your family doctor or general practitioner (GP) for advice. Long term stress can cause serious health problems, so it's important to get help if you need it.

Background to Meditation

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. The word "meditate" comes from the Latin word

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