Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Meditation For Your Mental Health

Practicing meditation can be beneficial for physical and mental health as well. Diseases, such as cancer and AIDS or psychological conditions that are caused by stress and put a strain on daily life, can complicate symptoms and can make them harder to treat. Therefore, modern medicine has started to look for different methods of treatment. On a more spiritual level, meditation can bring beneficial effects to many who learn how to practice it. Here are a few examples of how and what it may help:
1). Stress Control. Stress we feel from everyday life can contribute to anxiety, hypertension, and heart disease. Studies have shown that hormones and biochemical compounds in the blood indicative of stress will decrease during meditation. Over time, these changes stabilize so that you are actually less stressed biochemically during your daily activity.
2). Pain Management. A vicious cycle can occur when chronic pain brings on anxiety. Those under stress have pain on more intense levels which causes further stress. Meditation can help break this cycle by helping people cope more effectively.
3). Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes fatigue and intense painful trigger points or areas along the body. One study of seventy seven men and women showed improvement after a ten week stress reduction program that used meditation. Half of which said their improvements were moderate or marked. So use some free time to improve your health, make life less stressful and easier to cope with by meditating.

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