How to Utilize Meditation to Focus and Reduce Your Stress Levels

Ancient civilizations practiced meditation to connect with souls from other worlds and to understand the sacred and mystical forces of life. Meditation reduces stress, drug addiction, relieves anxiety, and boosts immunity. Meditation helps to close out the additional tasks in your brain so you can focus on what is essential, enjoy life, and perform at a higher level. Meditation practice requires time and commitment, but it worth it as it will supercharge you, make you happier, calm, less anxious, and more energized. Ultimately, meditation is like any other skill, you have to make the time and effort, but it gets easier once you make it a daily habit and begin seeing the benefits. Once you calm your mind, you will make smarter choices about your life and relationships.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a stress reliever and emotional booster. Practicing meditation will teach you a new perspective on stressful situations; such as building your stress management skills, reducing the negative emotions, increasing tolerance and creativity. Scientists suggest that meditation might help to manage the symptoms of medical conditions especially ones worsened by stress such as; headaches, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, asthma, heart diseases, and sleeping problems.

Types of Meditation

  1. The “Guided meditation” is to mediate by creating a mental image of relaxing situations.

  2. The “Mantra meditation” is to repeat a calming word, thought, or phrase silently.

  3. The “Mindfulness meditation” is to focus on one thing during meditation to increase awareness in the present moment.

  4. The ‘Qi gong meditationis to combine meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing to restore balance.

  5. The “Tai chi meditation” is to perform self-paced movements slowly while practicing deep breathing.

  6. The “Yoga” where you perform controlled breathing exercises combined with a motion to promote flexibility and focus.

Ways to Practice Meditation

  1. Breathe deeply and slowly while lessening to your inhales and exhales.

  2. Focus your attention on one part of your body to become aware of your body's various sensations, whether that is a pain, tension, or relaxation.

  3. Repeat a religious, secular or mantra of your own.

  4. Combine a slow walk with meditation. Fifth, listen to relaxing music.

  5. Focus your thoughts on images of beloved ones to create the inner feelings of love, compassion, and gratitude in your inner soul.

For beginners, it is common for your mind to wander during meditation, if your attention wanders, return to the object, sensation and the movement of focus. You might need to try several types of meditation to find out what types of meditation work best for you. Remember, there is neither right nor wrong way to meditate. What matters is to reduce your stress and feel better.