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Regular Meditation More Beneficial Than Vacation

The election season is over but the holiday season is just beginning. Will the consequences of these stressful times linger? A Harvard study has attempted to determine the best way to decompress. They looked into the comparative merits of a meditation routine and elaborate vacation getaways. Their results strongly suggest that incorporating permanent lifestyle changes such as mindfulness training is a better solution than temporary escapism.

The need to decompress and relax is well documented. It is advisable to incorporate relaxation methods into your healthy lifestyle in order to avoid serious health consequences. People who practice relaxation methods have more disease-fighting genes switched “on,” including those that protect against pain, infertility, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The counterpart of the stress response is the relaxation response, which is a physical state of deep rest that changes physical and emotional responses to stress. Part of what makes relaxation so good for you is that it reduces the effects of stress and anxiety. Studies have revealed that anxiety disorders increase your risk of age related due to accelerated aging at the cellular level.

It is now known that your body’s built-in relaxation response can counter the harmful effects of stress. Meditation provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. Meditating for 20 minutes equates to a 1.5 hour nap, but without the “sleep hangover”.

Mindfulness, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can help you live your life more fully present in the moment, heighten your spiritual awareness, and can help you feel more relaxed and positive. Another empowering tool is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
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