Many studies have been done in recent years to examine the health benefits of meditation. There has been evidence to suggest that meditation can aid in the treatment of a variety of conditions, from high blood-pressure to irritable bowel syndrome. But what are the most effective forms of meditation to help improve your health and overall sense of well-being? Here are the top four, stress-busting, mind-rejuvenating, and body healing meditation methods.
There are many types of yoga methods out there. Some of them focus almost exclusively on the body, with breathing exercises and movements designed to relax, loosen, and strengthen the body. Some include deeper, transcendental elements of meditation. Regardless of your preferred method, yoga has been proven to help relieve stress and anxiety. Simple yoga techniques can function as self-soothing methods in the event of an impending anxiety attack and regular yoga practice can help alleviate over-all stress.
Most people have no idea what flotation therapy is, and those who do mistakenly think it’s one of the many indulgences of the rich and famous. The idea of floating in a dark, watery capsule may not appeal to everybody at first glance. However, float therapy activates the parasympathetic nervous system which lowers your heart rate and allows your entire body to begin to rest. The dark capsule, or sensory deprivation chamber, helps you to unplug in a way that you can’t anywhere else. This helps to lower your levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone.
Guided meditation can feel a little awkward at first. Sitting quietly in a room while a soothing voice takes you through a set of visualizations can seem odd. However, if you are one of the many people who can’t get through ten minutes of meditation without falling asleep, guided meditation is a great way to get the benefits of meditation without the temptation to take a nap instead. The soothing music, calming voice, and guided mental exercises provide just enough mental stimulation to keep you awake while also getting the benefit of meditation.
Smell is a powerful mental stimulant. We connect smells to powerful memories and emotions, even ones that we cannot readily recall. How often have you encountered a smell that reminded you of home, or a pleasant memory, or even just gave you a bit of a boost? Aromatherapy seeks to take advantage of this mental process and use certain smells to create a feeling of relaxation in the body. Spending time in a place that radiates a feeling of well-being can help to relieve stress and anxiety in the body. Coupled with other forms of relaxation or therapy, it can help to minimize the effects of anxiety.
While meditation alone is incredibly relaxing, many prefer different methods to further help them release their anxieties and focus more deeply on the meditation itself. Whether guided with words to help maintain focus or by manipulating the senses, many find great peace in their lives through properly structured meditation sessions.