Stress is probably the most common ailment in the western world, and is the root cause of many mental and physical illnesses. There are many ways to combat or alleviate this problem, ranging from medication to therapy to exercise, but meditation techniques for stress are among the most effective.
So, rather fortunately, that’s exactly what you’ll find here: a few tips and meditation techniques for stress.
Meditation Techniques For Stress #1: Zen Breathing Meditation
Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position, either crossed-legged on the floor or on a chair with your feet flat on the floor. You may lie down if you prefer. Either way the most important thing is that your spine is straight.
Step 2: It’s usually best to keep your eyes open and just rest your gaze gently on a single point in front of you. If you prefer to close eyes then you may do so, but be careful not to fall asleep as sleep is quite different from meditation!
Step 3: Now focus all your attention and awareness on your breathing. Notice each gentle in breath and out breath. If your attention wanders then just bring it back to your breathing each time, again and again. Remain as still as you can, simply following each breath and consciously returning to it as you notice any thoughts arising. It may help if you count slowly with each out breath. The more you can focus solely on your breathing the more you will benefit.
Do this every day for at least 15 minutes or longer if you prefer, preferably twice a day.
Tip #1: A Peaceful Environment
Create a peaceful environment that inspires you to meditate. Try using a regular spot in your home. Get yourself a comfortable chair or cushion to sit on whilst you meditate. Candles, incense, background music and mellow lighting all help to create serene environment for de-stressing.
Meditation Techniques For Stress #2: The Meditation Program
When stressed the mind can be very hard to slow down, and with your thoughts jumping wildly it can take a little practice to use conventional meditation techniques for stress like the one above.
However if you’re looking for something a little quicker, one thing that helped me greatly when I first started meditating was The Meditation Program, which uses “binaural beat” audio technology to help you train your brainwaves to relax. This is an audio download or CD that plays slightly different frequencies into the left and right ears to produces a third frequency in the mind which your brain automatically follows. By listening to these deep alpha, deep theta and upper delta frequencies your mind quickly replicates states of deep meditation.
Perhaps one of the less conventional meditation techniques for stress, but I found this a very easy and quick way to help ‘train my brain’ into relaxation and learn how meditation should feel. It is a highly effective program that I can happily recommend to anyone and you can learn more about it here if you’re interested – The Meditation Program.
Tip #2: Daily Meditation Habit
If you suffer with stress then stress has become your habit. Habits are formed by repeating the same thoughts and/or actions in response to a situation so many times that we do them without thinking, and often without realizing that there are better ways to respond. So to break your old stress habit and create a new healthy meditation habit will require repetition. And another word for repetition is PRACTICE, so it’s important to practice meditating every day.
You may not experience dramatic results right away – although if you use The Meditation Program mentioned above you’ll likely experience results quicker – so it’s important to give yourself time to develop in the practice of meditation. Bear in mind the advantages of meditation and the how it helps to release and prevent stress and remember that the more you practice, the more these benefits will come to you. And I can assure you they are well worth the effort!
There are many more meditation techniques for stress, however these are among the easiest and most practical for you to begin using immediately – and if you have stress in your life there’s no better time to begin!