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Stretch Your Stress Away

Have you ever practiced yoga or meditation? How about regularly? If not, it could be the reason for your stress.

The concept of meditation is simple: a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to meditation, but in reality, it is probably one of the best activities one can do for the mind. You can find some info about what meditation really is here and the main benefits of yoga and meditation below:

  1. Balance (emotional and mental) and less anxiety
  2. Awareness
  3. Boost Your Immunity

So, in general, yoga and meditation will result in LESS stress for you. When you meditate, your brain’s information processing decreases which creates a simpler state of mind. Here’s a more detailed explanation on what happens to each part of the brain during meditation (from Lifehacker):

Frontal lobe
This is the most highly evolved part of the brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness. During meditation, the frontal cortex tends to go offline.

Parietal lobe
This part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space. During meditation, activity in the parietal lobe slows down.

Thalamus
The gatekeeper for the senses, this organ focuses your attention by funneling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks. Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.

Reticular formation
As the brain’s sentry, this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Meditating dials back the arousal signal.

Different meditation practices that target reducing stress include the body scan, breath focus, mantra repetition, and guided imagery. The next time you feel overly stressed, think about starting to practice meditation regularly. It will most definitely help you redirect your negative energy, plus it helps your mind in the long run! What more could you ask for?

Kiara Fair

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