Deep Relaxation

Written by James Lyons
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It took me some time to realize that deep relaxation (through meditation) and exercise are the activities that generate the best results and are more imperative than a great diet for people under constant stress. In fact, the ability to deeply relax can be more beneficial to your mind and body than a good night of sleep. Achieving a very deep level of relaxation will dramatically decrease anxiety and stress by lowering your levels of destructive brain chemicals linked to stress.

Does all of this sound too good to be true? It shouldn't. In fact, for decades scientists have been studying the effects of meditation and deep relaxation techniques to determine exactly what the medical benefits are. I have alluded to a number of these findings in previous sections, but, to be simple, frequent meditation will dramatically increase your production of essential brain chemicals that have been tied to longevity, well-being, and quality of life.

The Feeling of Deep Relaxation

Basically, if you are able to fully relax your mind and body, and you are able to do it with some frequency, you will live longer, feel better, and have a high quality of life. That sounds pretty good. Fortunately, science backs me up on this. Meditation techniques and other deep relaxation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years as part of religious practices and other rituals. Now we are just beginning to learn the mental and physiological benefits of its application.

In fact, many forward thinking doctors are now demanding that certain patients begin incorporating meditation practices into their life. They know that a state of deep and profound relaxation lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and the secretion of harmful chemicals linked to depression, anxiety, stress, and other destructive disorders. So, if you are interested in reducing mental stress and improving the overall quality of your life, look into meditation and other relaxation techniques.

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