Beat Stress the Safe Way to Stay Healthy and HappyPosted on May 10, 2012 by admin in Health Care Tips
In the “stress age” people have no time to take care of themselves. We are so involved in earning our daily bread we forget that stress and tension is taking a toll our bodies. Stress is one of the main causes of hair fall and a lot of skin problems. Neglected diets and a stressful lifestyle can make us suffer from anxiety disorders and skin and hair related problems. Therefore stress not only harms us internally but also causes external damage.
It is a known fact that meditation calms the mind. If the mind is calm and at a peaceful state the body is automatically relaxed. There are various types of meditation. Mindfulness meditation teaches the practitioner how to accept the negativities of life and move on.
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By accepting all the negative emotions instead of just sidelining it helps one de-stress better. Anger, disappointments, stress and frustration if accepted, don’t linger in the mind and bother you again later. During the process of mindfulness meditation we learn to accept difficult situations easily.
This way our stress levels are lowered in an easier way. This type of meditation doesn’t teach us escapism by avoiding situations. Through this process of meditation we train our minds to reach a state of serenity that the body demands.
We have to sit in an upright posture, cross legged and focus on our breathing pattern; this helps us to focus on present situations instead of emphasizing on past event. Emphasizing on past events and events that can occur in the future might increase stress levels instead of reducing it. It trains the mind to block any disturbances that might surround you.
Mindfulness meditation can either be formal or informal. The formal type includes yoga, which emphasizes on control and awareness of breath coupled with body movements while the informal type includes focusing on life experiences and enjoying it. Stress can harm the body in ways more than one.
Stress increases the secretion of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. This in turn increases the oil production in the body which leads to oily skin. Oily skin leads to problems like acne and dullness. It is also found that stress leads to water loss which decreases the skin’s ability to repair itself. Stress can also lead to dryness of skin which in turn could lead to wrinkles. Even hair loss increases due to stress. Stress also leads to brittle finger nails.
Meditation is one of the best stress busters. Meditation calms the senses and reduces tension. The reduction of stress leads to less oil secretion in the body. The lesser oil the body secretes the less oily the skin becomes.
Therefore the skin becomes acne free and less dull. To look beautiful healthy skin is the first step. If you are healthy and happy inside it will show on your face. Worry shows on your face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. Since meditation eliminates reduces your tensions and worries, your face becomes wrinkle free.
Also, when under stress, the eating habits of an individual go through lot of changes. Meditation reduces this stress and this gets your eating habits back on track. The healthier you eat the healthier your skin becomes. Therefore meditation indirectly improves the quality of your skin. Healthy skin increases your glamour and makes you look beautiful.
Mindfulness meditation techniques help you meditate better. This form of meditation is easy and eliminates stress from the roots. If stress is eliminated from the roots, it’ll leave you a happier and healthier being. Hair fall due to stress will reduce leaving you with a beautiful head of hair and healthy nails. Therefore, a stress free mind can make the person look more glamourous and beautiful.
Guest post by Jenny Smith
Author’s bio: Jenny Smith talks about the ill effects of stress in one’s life. She works as a content writer in many Health communities.