Many times I hear about how nice it would be to live a “stress free” life. I know this may go against traditional thinking, but I believe that you should have some stress in your life.

 A certain amount of stress is actually a good thing, and it is responsible for protection, motivation, and even your thoughts. Here’s how a little stress can be a good thing.

 You could also say self-preservation. Imagine your driving down the road and the car in front of you slams on the brakes. You immediately feel stress, which causes a rush of adrenaline. This in turn causes you to instinctively move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake to avoid an accident. You really didn’t have to think about it.

 1. If you thought, “hmmmm…the brake lights on that car just lit up. The back end of that car just lifted, which means it’s braking pretty hard. That means I should slow down too. Let’s see…..I should move my foot from the gas to the brake….ok, now push on the brake just hard enough to slow down so I don’t hit them….”  By the time you went through the thought process, you would already be in an accident. All of these things happen automatically, without even thinking about it, and it starts with stress. That’s how stress can provide protection.

 2. Some stress is motivational. Having some stress about your finances can give you the motivation to do a good job at work. It can help you to think about personal goals and what you would like to obtain. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with financial stress, and if you are, then you need to learn how to manage that stress so you can think clearly. Some stress is a good motivator, but too much can limit you and lead you to bad or rash decisions.

  1. Some stress is good to keep your thoughts in perspective. If you had absolutely no stress, you would be likely to do things without thinking them through properly. If you had zero stress in a relationship, you could be likely to say or do something that could hurt the other person. This type of stress shouldn’t be something that causes constant worry, but something that keeps you in balance with your relationship. For example, you really love this person and want to keep them happy. Just that little bit of stress about keeping them happy will help you to do and say things that you know they will appreciate. You do it because of that little bit of stress that says “I want them to know I love them so they’ll be happy when we’re together.

 So those are some examples of how a little stress can actually be a good thing. The problem is, many people have too much stress, and that is a bad thing. So we need to learn how to control, or manage the amount (and type) of stress we have.

 Meditation is a great way to manage stress. It helps you to reconnect with yourself and calm your body and mind. As a result, meditation comes with several benefits that are helpful to your emotional and physical well-being.

Unfortunately, many people believe that meditation takes up too much time and that they are too busy to do a meditation practice. This is a myth. Anyone, even the busiest people, can and should incorporate meditation into their daily routines in order to experience the full benefits of meditation.

 Meditation is loosely defined as a practice used to both train attention and awareness and achieve mental clarity and emotional stability. The practice includes a number of techniques, such as breathing or moving, in order to achieve the goal of heightened attention and emotional stability.

 Today, meditation is practiced in both spiritual and non-spiritual settings. People of Indian, East Asian, and Abrahamic faiths, for example, often practice spiritual meditation, while business people and Yoga-class attendees often practice non-spiritual meditation. In both scenarios, though, meditation is treated as a practice that is used to sharpen the brain’s ability to focus and add clarity and stability to the mind and emotions.

 Meditation Reduces stress

Today, many people experience chronic or severe stress, which is very negative to our overall well-being and health. Stress is our body’s natural response to tense or dangerous situations. When you find yourself in these situations, your body releases hormones that prepare your natural flight or fight mentality.

 Stress can be a good or bad thing, depending on the length of time that stress is experienced. Stress is good in short bursts because it can motivate us to accomplish our goals or finish tasks by their assigned deadlines. Long-term stress, though, is bad for our health because it can cause physical damage to our bodies and mind.

 According to a number of studies, meditation is a great way to manage stress because it activates our body’s relaxation response. This means that meditation restores the body to a calm state and undoes the effects of stress. As a result, meditation will allow you to manage your stress levels effectively and healthily.

 According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can be helpful if you are living with a medical condition. Anxiety, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, IBS, sleep problems, and tension headaches are just a few of the illnesses that benefit from meditation.

 Some researchers believe that meditation helps illnesses because they are exacerbated by stress. If stress is reduced, the symptoms of the illness can be reduced too. Since meditation increases relaxation, it reduces the symptoms of the illness.

 Meditation is a practice that results in a number of positive benefits to your mental and physical well-being. The reason for this is that meditation incites the relaxation response in your mind and body, which results in a number of positive effects.

 More importantly, meditation does not have to be that time consuming, allowing anyone to practice meditation. Regardless of whether you prefer to meditate in movement, by observation, or with affirmations, you should be able to incorporate your favorite meditation techniques into a daily practice to feed your soul and experience the full benefits of meditation.

 Whether you feel over stressed or not, I would encourage you to learn more about meditation. Live well and live happy!