Our last post highlighted how mental capabilities can be improved with Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness meditation has tremendous benefits and it is becoming widespread in schools and hospitals. According to US Today, many hospitals are now teaching mindfulness meditation to patients to relieve stress and pain. Research also suggests that the practice can alleviate pain, improve concentration, boost immune function, lower blood pressure,reduce anxiety and insomnia, and even help prevent depression.
With all these benefits, you may be wondering how Mindfulness meditation can boost your health. Mindfulness meditation among all the numerous benefits serves to reduce stress and there lies an unbroken link between Stress and Illness. Many people complain of body aches, pain, head aches, high blood pressure and its presenting symptoms and are quick to take self medications or visit the doctor without knowing that the symptoms they feel are stress induced. With a whooping 75 % of doctor visits considered as being stress related, let us examine the relation between stress and illness.
Stress and Illness
Stress occurs when one is faced with a situation that proves difficult to manage. When you can’t manage the stressful situation or feel that you can’t meet the demands of that situation, your body goes into a fight or flight response which triggers muscle tension, increase in blood pressure, and heart rate and release of stress hormones. These responses increase the demands placed on the organs of the body and reduces the efficiency of the immune system while giving room for infections and diseases especially when the body is continuously presented with stressful situations.
Thus, stress can not only your affect your emotional health leading to anxiety disorders and depression but it can also be injurious to your physical well being.Research has revealed that several health problems are associated with stress as stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of health conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (ulcer), and asthma. Stress also fast tracks the aging process by 7 to 19 years .
So STRESS LESS today and enjoy the many benefits of Mindfulness Meditation which include:
¨ Reduced stress levels
¨ Boosted Immunity
¨ Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
¨ Reduced depression and anxiety
¨ Improved sleep and digestion
¨ Increase in energy levels
¨ Pain reduction
¨ Decreased inflammation
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