Like it or not, we live in a society that is more often than not fueled by stress and anxiety. In a world dominated by capitalism and the race to get ahead, even the most diligent of meditators can find themselves feeling a little stressed out from time to time. Expecting not to feel anxious only adds to the self judgement that in all likelihood is the cause of the angst in the first place.
In this recent Elements Behavioral Health post, the use of meditation and other relaxation techniques to ease anxiety are explored. According to the article, when it comes to fear and other overwhelming feelings, learning to slow down and check in is offering big help. Meditation is also being used to help cancer patients and those afflicted with AIDS.
Fortunately, meditation and other relaxation treatments have shown to be a big help when it comes to reducing fear and anxiety. Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that is starting to gain credibility in the medical field as a form of stress relief. According to Herbert Benson, MD, cardiologist and founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, of those who go to the doctor for sickness of any sort, between 60 and 90 percent can benefit from stress management techniques such as meditation.
In fact, Benson says that the technique is now even being used to treat illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. Benson says that meditation is just one of many practices that lead the body into a calm and peaceful state. He adds that there are many relaxation techniques including yoga, deep breathing, and prayer and believes that none is better than the other. He maintains that any of these are beneficial because they elicit a relaxed response from the body, which helps lower metabolism, blood pressure and heart rate. These techniques also cause brain waves to slow down and breathing to become less labored.
Read more on using meditation and other relaxation techniques to interrupt the anxiety cycle here.