Relaxation Meditation

Stress is a part of daily life; On the plus side, it spurs us on when it comes to creativity, learning and even survival. Sometimes however stress becomes too much to handle rather than a survival mechanism and begins to interrupt the healthy equilibrium of our nervous system. Fortunately, there are relaxation meditations which can help restore balance by triggering the relaxation response and calming the body down from its heightened state of awareness.

Relaxation meditation can mean physically relaxing, with the resulting psychological and emotional benefits. More importantly though it is a mentally active physiological process that leaves the body relaxed, and the mind calm and focused.

Some of the Benefits of Relaxation Meditation on the Mind and Body are:

  • Decreased stress
  • Lowered blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Reduced headache
  • Increased energy, breathing, and posture
  • Increased fertility and libido
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved memory and perception

Start by looking for the Relaxation Meditation that resonates most with you personally as well as your current stress level and lifestyle. When all these factors line up it elicits the body’s optimal relaxation response. For example:

  • If  stress tends to make you angry, then meditating by deep breathing or guided imagery may be best.
  • If you are more likely to become withdrawn or depressed by stress, then something that energizes your nervous system, such as rhythmic exercise, may be best.
  • Or, if you tend to freeze up externally while speeding up internally, mindfulness walking or power yoga may be most beneficial.

Articles About Using Meditation For Relaxation:

Relaxation Sequence

This relaxation sequence is a preparation for longer meditations. By relaxing your body and your mind first it helps you to go into a deeper meditation more quickly and easily. The more you practice this relaxation sequence the easier it will be to remember. Soon you will find you can fall into a relaxed […]

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Man doing wood carving for relaxation

Overcoming Anxiety

Meditation is a powerful tool for overcoming anxiety. It doesn’t cost anything, can be done anywhere and the side effects are all positive 🙂 It is well established that anxiety can lead to heart disease, relationship problems and a person who is anxious is likely to rate their level of happiness lower […]

Relieving muscle tension and anxiety video

This simple technique once learned can be used to reduce stress and muscle tension.  I sometimes use this as a natural sleep aid. As you follow this meditation it helps help you to relax muscles and  aids in relieving muscle tension. When you release physical tension it allows the mind […]

man listening to meditation

Download this Relaxation Meditation – mp3 to Reduce Stress

Hello! I would like to introduce my first relaxation mp3 to you. The purpose of this free mp3 is to help you learn a simple and effective method for reducing physical tension, and at the same time reduce stress. I sometimes use a version of this progressive muscle relaxation technique […]

Back To School Shopping With Less Stress

In the rush to get your kids (or yourself for that matter) back to school, taking time to meditate often gets overlooked. Here are some quick and easy ways to keep your cool – Back to School Shopping with less stress! If you get claustrophobic in a crush of people, […]

Grounding Meditation

This visualization meditation can help release tension and anxiety. It just requires the ability to focus and imagine. There are lots of variations of grounding meditations and practices. I will cover other versions in future posts because “grounding” is so beneficial it’s worth further exploration; also different versions appeal to […]

Exercise Your Meditation

Why not turn part of your exercise routine into a mediation practice? Think of it, multitasking that is HEALTHY and ENJOYABLE, stress releasing instead of stressful! When I was on the treadmill, stationary bike or rowing machine at the gym I would often daydream, a pleasant enough way to make the time […]

taking a break

You need a break?

Today is a commentary on taking a break from it all via meditation In my other life, anxiety has been trying to keep me in a stranglehold. A couple of people I love are having major health issues. Now I will confess to you that I tend to be a […]

Breathing Part 3

This meditation is great for people who hold a lot of tension in their muscles. It focuses on muscle relaxation and will likely take 5 – 7 minutes I use this one sometimes to help me sleep, so I will give you the laying down instructions. (This can also be […]

Breathing Part 2

I am keeping these sample meditations very simple so they will be quick to do and memorize. Breathing meditation 1 – relaxation: Level one takes only a couple of minutes and can be done almost any time any where Sit up straight in a comfortable chair with your feet on […]

Breathing Meditation 1

Let’s start at the beginning … breathing. Part 1 of 3, the theory: Breathing is something we do all day every day. Why not use it to bring you calmness, lift you up AND re-energize your body in general? The benefits of deep breathing are many: Calms the nerves. When […]