by Loving Earth
Article by Laurie Desjardins
Everyone has dreams. They can be as big as the perfect vacation in Alaska, or the hiking trip in the Andes. They might be simple everyday things like eating natural, organic foods every day. Unfortunately for most of us, those dreams are tied to banal things like money, and a 40-hour work week. Is it any wonder that work and money are the two biggest sources of stress?
Too many people turn to vices like overeating, drinking and smoking to cope with stress, when simple meditation tools and techniques can melt away the tension. A focused mind and light heart are the only side effects of meditation tools and techniques, as compared to overeating and drug abuse, which can lead to long-term health problems.
For those seeking a wiser alternative, meditation tools and techniques can provide a short-term solution for stress relief within minutes. The long-term benefits of meditation include a healthier, happier lifestyle can help you achieve your dreams without sacrificing your peace of mind.
Chronic stress: you are not alone
According to an online survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly three-quarters of Americans felt chronic stress in the form of headaches, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension and a lack of sleep. Chronic stress can also contribute to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, which are all serious, life-changing conditions.
In order to cope with the chronic stress, many of those people also turned to unhealthy habits instead of meditation tools. Some admitted to drinking too much on stressful days, or smoking more cigarettes. Other people said that they skipped meals. Almost half said they actually ate more, especially fatty comfort foods like chocolate and ice cream.
Another study done by researchers in the United States found that people who used meditation techniques and tools had a more active left frontal lobe, which is related to lower anxiety and a more positive emotional state. And aren’t lower anxiety and a more positive outlook things everybody could use?
How can you manage stress with no time to spare?
Like most Americans you may be feeling the pressure of stress from work and money, and it’s could be starting to adversely affect you. If stress is a constant presence in your life, how do you fight all that negative energy?
You need more than just temporary stress relief. You need to find a meditation tool or technique that clears your mind so that you aren’t making decisions with a panicked, scattered brain.
One of the best ways proven to reduce stress is meditation. Meditation helps realign your mind and body. Stress is created when your mind and body are focused on two different things. If you’re paying bills, but thinking about what to have for dinner, or that project at work, then you’re going to be stressed.
With meditation, you are focusing your mind and energy on one thing only. This allows you to let go of everything else. Taking 10 to 15 minutes a day for a simple breathing meditation can work wonders. This can be difficult, especially for people new to meditation. It’s a good idea to have a meditation tool of some kind to help center your focus.
Find a meditation tool that works for you
Relaxation and meditation tools come in many forms, like the Zen Stick. It’s simply a smooth, buffed stick that you toss and catch with your eyes closed. Tossing and catching the meditation tool, you focus on breathing deeply and evenly, centering your mind and body. You will be surprised at how quickly stress can melt away as your body and mind snap back in sync.
Find something that works with your schedule. Most people simply don’t have the time for hours of meditation every day. Pick a meditation tool that quickly and easily centers you.
Almost everybody has a major source of stress in their lives. Instead of allowing the negative energy to fester, take the time to investigate meditation tools to reduce the stress in your daily life.
About the Author
Laurie Desjardins is a meditation expert and creator of the Zen Stick relaxation tool. If you want to truly align your mind, body and spirit, consider adding the Zen Stick to your relaxation repertoire. For more information about meditation techniques and Zen Sticks, visit http://www.sleepingtiger.org.