Reduce Stress with Meditation
Most doctors and holistic health practitioners agree that simple meditation is one of the most effective stress reduction techniques available because it can offset the chronic release of cortisol.
You can do a simple meditation by focusing on a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as “The Lord is my shepherd,” or “Hail Mary, full of grace.” Just close your eyes and say your phrase silently as you exhale. When stray thoughts come into your mind, don’t try to force them out. Gently, and without straining, bring your focus back to your phrase. Use this technique for 10–15 minutes, once or twice daily, or as needed.
You can also try transcendental meditation. A friend of mine started practicing transcendental meditation 30 years ago after developing high blood pressure levels due to stress at his work. Within a month, his blood pressure level had normalized.
Thirty years later, he still meditates regularly and his blood pressure is a youthful 120/60.
Dozens of published studies have shown that transcendental meditation has a powerful effect on the heart and overall health. Transcendental meditation has also been found to significantly improve heart rate variability as well.
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