How Transcendental Meditation Helps Reduce Anxiety
Mental health is a priority, and many individuals nowadays are anxious for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19, the global crisis, and the high cost of living.
Anxiety and similar disorders are the results of uncontrolled disturbing thoughts. When we are nervous, our heart rate increases, our cortisol levels go up, and our brain switches into ‘fight or flight’ mode. But despite years of struggling to control the disturbing thoughts, we forget about the source of the problem which lies deep in our subconscious, so the cycle continues. This is why the numerous conventional therapy methods bring little to no results. As the two minds (conscious and subconscious) compete for supremacy, we may inadvertently create an internal conflict.
Transcendental Meditation provides a safe space between the intellectual mind and a genuine feeling of being, which is essential for leading a balanced life. It is a re-establishment of our more natural way of being and hence is inherently opposed to any type of internal or external control.
Transcendental Meditation is the only meditation technique that is completely effortless to learn and its effects on anxiety and other stress-related illnesses have been validated by numerous scientific studies. During Transcendental Meditation, the body relaxes considerably more deeply than during typical eyes-closed slumber, while the mind experiences calm, peaceful awareness. This technique causes the heart rate to reduce, blood pressure to drop, muscles to relax, and brain activity to become more cohesive and harmonious.
Since being introduced to the wider audience by the creator Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s, 10 million individuals have learnt TM all around the world. In addition, approximately 400 research published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical publications have examined how TM decreases stress.
According to the American Heart Association, people who practise TM have a 48% lower risk of having a heart attack or having a stroke than those who don’t.
During TM, the entire body adjusts naturally to a more regulated, harmonic mode of operation, which is the polar opposite of the stress reaction. Biochemicals in the circulation linked to stress and anxiety, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are dramatically decreased, and the brain starts functioning more coherently.
Transcendental meditation reduces anxiety by educating you to be an observer of your thoughts and feelings rather than becoming engrossed in them. Furthermore, everyday meditation practise allows you to manage your emotions and experience each moment mindfully. Finally, meditation liberates you from the constraints of your emotions and introduces you to a life filled with infinite possibilities.
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