Tuesday 16th July - 7.00pm - 8.15pm
For most of us, stress is an unpleasant part of our daily existence. However, just because stress is unavoidable doesn’t mean it has to dominate your life.
Relaxation meditation — which typically involves cultivating calm by using an object of focus, such as your breath or a visualization — can be one effective tool to help manage and ease stress. These simple Technics are available to all of us, anywhere and anytime we need it. In fact, many people find learning to consciously relax the mind and body through basic meditation techniques leads not only to reduced stress, but also to better mental and physical health, and a better quality of life.
We are living in a constant “danger” as it’s perceived by our body and so our sympathetic nervous system is over stimulated — that triggers that all too familiar “fight-or-flight” response. This causes the body to release natural stress hormones (i.e., adrenaline and cortisol) into the bloodstream, giving you extra energy to help “cope” with stress. When this happens on a regular basis, it creates a big problem: chronically surging hormone levels can take a toll on the mind and body, leading to several physical and mental health issues including depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.
Alternatively, when our bodies and minds are relaxed — whether through meditation practice or other techniques — the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated, which causes the body to stop releasing stress hormones, lowers the heart rate, and promotes a sense of calm. What a relief! Over time, through regular meditation practice, we can learn to condition our bodies to relax on demand.