What Makes Meditation Such A Powerful Stress-Relief Tool

by Conscious Reminder

Life jumps on us when least expected. It might be just a usual day when everything is going fine when suddenly a wave of stress and anxiety seizes you.

At that point, we feel like the best thing that can happen is if the world just pauses for a second. But that cannot be it, and we know that.

The world cannot and will not pause. Rather, at such a moment, we need to pause and stop spinning. Taking breaks or taking a breath can be integral to our well-being and success. And this is where meditation comes in. Meditation is beneficial in multiple ways. One can also meditate in various settings.

The Numerous Benefits Of Meditation

Meditation provides benefits associated with stress and anxiety reduction, and emotional health that is well-balanced, a bright self-image, self-awareness, as well as possibly help with anxiety disorders. Once we know what being calm means and learn the ways of creating it, we do not need the help of external unhealthier options to do so.

One can meditate in several ways as well. Therefore, it can be specialized as per the experience of an individual. Meditation can be in a group, by ourselves, without or with music, long, short, practical, spiritual, etc. Only we can define how meditation can be used in our everyday lives and better our well-being.

To always be at our best, taking care of our mental health is vital. Our brain carries out many responsibilities, functions, and is one of our most vital pieces. What we know of brain waves can be combined with meditative practices to take better care of mental health.

Brain waves have a specific role to play in meditation. Brain waves are measured using frequencies and speed (between slow and fast). The five brain waves that are common are delta, gamma, theta, beta, and alpha.

Brain Waves And Meditation

Most of our lives are spent in Beta brain waves. This stage means that the person is alert, makes decisions, goes about their day, and their frequency is between 12 and 35 Hz. When we wake up, we usually wake to Alpha brain waves.

This stage means that the person is calm, conscious, takes their time before jumping into complicated issues, and has a frequency between 8 and 12 Hz. Meditation begins in this stage.

In the Theta brain wave stage, a person may find themselves daydreaming while completing remedial tasks. It is a calm place where, during meditation, we practice inspiration, creativity, visualization and start the process as our frequency goes lower to between 4 and 8 Hz.

The slowest of the brain waves are the Deltas. This is when the mind is unconscious, and it is possible to sleep without any dreams. In this state, our mind and body have the chance to reset and heal themselves.

In comparison, the fastest brain waves are the Gammas. Their frequency is higher than 35Hz. It is also the state where learning, processing information, concentration, and problem-solving takes place.

Meditation has the ability to bring an unprecedented experience as well as customized to fit our preferences. It is possible to learn how and when we prefer meditation. Perhaps evening or morning meditation would suit us more, depending on how our life is.

The method that we choose will have a different effect on our brain than simply resting or sleeping. It is known to make our state of mind more relaxed and attentive, as well as improve our well-being. As such, the practice helps maintain the busy lives we lead.   

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