Hello readers (AKA Solutioners), as you may have realized, I know a lot about anxiety, stress and PTSD and my intentions are to share ways to find the areas in your life- loopholes- where you can gain a sense of control, instead of allowing anxiety and other related disorders control you.
I know…I know…it’s easier said then done…and it’s OK to feel that way. I, however, encourage you to be open to hear me out, receive the information, research it further, and apply some of the tips mentioned throughout this blog. The truth is, when something new is presented to a person the fear of not understanding whats presented or the unknown outcome can induce anxiety and a sense of dread and doom. I totally get it! Which is why, I want to be as clear and transparent as I possibly can and share with you why adding mindfulness or movement meditation into your life is essential.
Below, I share with you my top reasons why meditation should be a weekly component in your life.
1.Improves mental and physical health conditions such as high anxiety and PTSD symptoms.
When a person experiences trauma it can physically change the brain’s wiring and structure. The area of the brain - the amygdala-which operates the “fight and flight” responses enlarges to compensate for the “on guard” mode it must default to in order to help an individual stay “prepared for danger” which may arise. However, research indicates that individuals who utilizes meditation for at least 8 weeks not only reduces mental health conditions, but can also decrease the size of the amygdala leading to feeling more relaxed. Thus resulting in an increased ability to multitask and focused on the tasks at hand.
Hygge consists of creating memorable moments that often deliver “warm fuzzes.” Most of us desire to have positive experiences and positive moments to recall throughout our lives. This is even more so when a person has experienced unsafe and high stressed situations. Creating moments where you feel safe and at a state of rest is the ultimate relief for someone who experiences symptoms of high anxiety or hypervigilance from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Read more about: Hygge- Mindfulness Intensified
Relationships are difficult because it consists of two people with different backgrounds, views, and values. Together they are working to find a way to make the two worlds cooperate. Although difficult, having more stress and different love languages can greatly increase the likely hood of a unsuccessful relationship. As meditation helps to relieve a couple from stress, each person is able to listen and be more present with his/her partner. Thus leading the opposite partner to feel heard and understood.
4.Easy on the adrenal glands
The adrenal glands help to support the fight or flight response. When the glands are overworked the likelihood of illness and pain within the body and mind increases. Since my own personal experience with chronic Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, it has been my goal to help others assist to explore healthy alternatives for themselves and their families, along with establishing a peace of mind. I wrote a guest blog here on Therapyforblackgirls.com to inform others about the minimally publicized diagnosis Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Read more about:Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Meditation provides a number of benefits such as the ability to improve focus, physically change the brain, reduce the overuse of adrenal glands and reduce stress. Thus, this can improve your relationships with the people whom you love, as well as, improve your body’s overall functioning. Because of the benefits of meditation- various forms of meditation is available and is highly recommended as a tool to improve mental wellness and physical wellness.
Now that you know the benefits of meditation- I hope that you join me at my Tea Meditation Workshop every Wednesday for the month of June 2019. At this event you will be receiving all of the benefits mentioned above and more. To learn more about my upcoming Tea Meditation Workshop you can check it out here.
There is still time to sign up for a session- click here Tea Meditation Registration
-Written by: Reynelda Jones, LMSW, CAADC,ADS
Owner and Therapist of A Solution B
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