In highly competitive world nowadays, everyone live his/her life just like a race from one arena to another arena. High demand and tight dead lines with less time and lack of resources created a tough and difficult situation. As a result, people are under stress. In some degree stress will improve our performances, however in higher level stress can decrease the performances, and affects body and mind. We cannot touch stress, hence, we can feel its effect to our body and mind. There are many ways to deal with stress. One of the most simple ways to deal effectively with stress is through meditation.
According to Dr. Anne Fabiny, Former Editor in Chief, Harvard Women’s Health Watch, in short term stress quickens our heart rate and breathing and increases our blood pressure. Whenever we are constantly under stress, our adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Overexposure to this hormone can affect the function of your brain, immune system, and other organs. Chronic stress can contribute to headaches, anxiety, depression, heart disease, and even premature death.
Further, she stated that even though we cannot eliminate the roots of stress, we can reduce their effects on our body. One of the easiest way to reduce it is through meditation. Even though this technique practiced since thousands years ago, research on its heath benefits a relatively new. JAMA International Medicine (2014) research found that mediation helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression. For depression, meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant. Burke Lennihan, a registered nurse who teaches meditation at the Harvard University Center for Wellness stated that it is true that mediation will will us to lower our blood pressure, but so much more, it can help us to increase our creativity, our intuition, and our connection with the inner self. In addition to that Delmonte (1990) research on personality and meditation concluded that meditation practice appears to be beneficial in reducing anxiety and depression and in increasing selfactualization.
In short, meditation is one of the oldest techniques that was practiced since thousands years and it provides us two major benefits including helping to improve and maintain our physical and mental health and leverage our spirituality.