Ten Brain Training Techniques to Train the Subconscious Mind

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There are so many different brain training techniques and subconscious mind training techniques these days that it can be hard to know which to use. In this article we take a look at the top ten best brain training and subconscious mind training techniques.

how-to-train-your-subconscious-mindhow-buttonMeditation: Meditation has been proven time and again through scientific studies to offer myriad benefits to the practitioner. Not only does meditation relax your mind, but it also helps boost your health.


Recent scientific studies have proven that meditation helps:
  Boost the immune system, train the brain, train the subconscious mind, develop love and positive feelings, cures depression, cure anxiety and much more.Meditation is  one of the easiest brain training and subconscious mind training techniques in the world. Effectively, all you have to do is take 20 minutes out of your busy day to close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

Does Depression Medication Work?

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does-depression-medication-workmore-buttonIt’s a heated debate: does depression medication work, or is it just a hoax designed to make the pharmaceutical industry billion of dollars every year?

The truth is that there’s a lot of research that suggests that depreesion medication does not work. There’s also evidence to suggest that the FDA (Food and Drug Adminisration) have deliberately deceived people. The idea that the FDA would intentionally deceive people into taking medication that doesn’t work, it sickening, but sadly, you have to consider the evidence.

The New England Journal of Medicine published research that revealed that pharmaceutical companies intentionally publish studies that show only the positive effect of depression medication. Research published by Turner EH back in 2007 showed that drug companies only show positive research and never negative research.

Does Depression Make You Tired? All The Time…

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One of the most commonly asked questions about depression is “Does depression make you tired all the time” and “How can I fight fatigue when I have depression?” Many people suffering from fatigue and lack of energy these days. Perhaps that’s unsurprising. Most of us are forced to work in fast paced environments that can be highly stressful. This makes it very difficult to relax and difficult to get to sleep at night.

Depression only makes things worse. Depression prevents sufferers from getting to sleep at night. Often, these people don’t consider their fatigue and insomnia to be caused by depression. There could, however, be an underlying reason why people suffer from insomnia. For many people, beating insomnia goes hand in hand with beating depression—they can’t get one without the other.

In this guide we’ll look at why depression makes you tired and how to beat depression and beat insomnia.

Fighting Depression Naturally — Natural Ways To Overcome Depression

Ive stated many times that I personally believe fighting depression naturally to be the best way to go though not necessarily the easiest and also not for everyone (which is why you should consult a doctor no matter what). When I was suffering myself I researched everything I could on how to fight depression naturally and the three exercises below are, in my opinion, the best of the best. So… what are the best ways of fighting depression naturally?

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Fighting Depression Naturally 1 : Mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the oldest tools in the philosophical shed for dealing with forms of depression and basically involves bringing yourself out of your head—where all that pain and doubt goes on—and into the here and now. For the full exercise, check the tutorial here : Mindfulness meditation for fighting depression naturally

Fighting Depression Naturally 2 : Your Personal “Stop” Sign

Your Personal “Stop” sign is a really quick exercise that you can begin to use immediately to stop those negative thoughts from arising. check it out here : Fighting Depression Naturally : Stop Sign “Stop”Sign

Cure for Depression over Money 3 : Face it Head On!

Okay; this one takes some balls and I recommend only doing it if you are feeling at least somewhat confident of your ability to handle your depression. It forces you to truly examine the meaning behind your depression and to change the very way you think about your issue. Honestly, this one might have you crying before the end but it definitely is excellent! Check it out here : Fighting Depression Naturally : Head on

Natural Cure for Depression 4: Words

The image on the left, below, is full of positive words. Take five minutes to slowly read through each of these words and consider what it means to you. Glean positivity from these words, and feel free to think of your own positive words too.
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New Schizophrenia Treatment, “Avatar Treatment,” Could Replace Medication

New Schizophrenia Treatment, “Avatar Treatment,” Could Replace Medication

For many years psychologists have been ruminating the idea that antipsychotic drugs are more harm than good. The popular opinion is that gentler methods of therapy are preferable. One such “gentler method” of therapy is the new “Avatar Treatment,” a computer based simulation offering hope to millions of people suffering from schizophrenia. . .

Schizophrenia shatters a sufferer’s quality of life. The trembles, the lack of physical control, the dependency, all amounts to a life of struggle, while the lack of social acceptance, the abuse many sufferers face, turns tragedy to nightmare.

While antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia is intended to relieve the symptoms, it often has the opposite effect. Too many schizophrenia sufferers have experienced the side-effects of their schizophrenia medication. Most now claim the benefits of medication are less than listed on the label, the side effects much more.

In response to the demurring of medication, new schizophrenia treatments are being produced, treatments with much less severe side effects. These treatments include talking therapies and brain training.

It isn’t without reason that Schizophrenia has been called “The most fearsome of all mental illnesses” –the appellation ascribed to Schizophrenia since the 19th Century.

Schizophrenia usually begins when a person is in their 20s. It starts with hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there—hallucinations. This may be couples with delusional paranoia, ideas that people are out to harm the schizophrenia sufferer. The psychoses come and go over the years. They often claim the life of sufferer— one in ten schizophrenia suffers commit suicide.

Schizophrenia can strike out of the blue. Many successful people, with no sign of health complications, have suddenly been struck with schizophrenia.  The causes of schizophrenia are often linked to stress at work. This stress leads to psychological complications like hallucinations, which gradually worsen. Because some schizophrenia sufferers have been known to attack those around them, there is a stigma attached to the mental illness which adds a social and emotional complication to an already exasperating issue.

Amazingly, despite many years of study, the exact causes of schizophrenia continue to allude scientists. General theory holds that schizophrenia is caused by an individual’s inability to distinguish between their own though processes. For instance, schizophrenia sufferers may wrongly interpret their own thoughts as being the thoughts of other people.

Scientists have discovered that many genes can cause an increase in the likeliness of an individual contracting schizophrenia. The condition appears to arise with issues concerning brain wiring. Current scientific research maintains that the cause of schizophrenia is related to neural networks that use dopamine.

Until the 1950s therapies for schizophrenia were severely limited, with doctors usually being forced to send patients to an asylum here they would be sedated with barbiturates. Then a breakthrough medication proved helpful in treating schizophrenia sufferers when fighting acute psychoses. These would come to be called “antipsychotics.” They have remained the primary treatment for schizophrenia sufferers ever since. But they were not without side effects. The most apparent side effects were physical: stiffening movements and slowing motions. These were often accompanied by muscle spasms and tics. But the worst side effects are the way antipsychotics affect a person’s thoughts, slowing their thinking, weakening their memory and making people feel very agitated and unhappy.

The side effects of schizophrenia medications have long been considered a necessary cost of therapy. Plus, stopping medication had been in countless tests to significantly increase the chances of a schizophrenia sufferer relapsing.

Now, however, new tests have been conducted that compare people who continue taking antipsychotics to those who stop taking the drug. The results of the tests have caused great shock in psychiatry.

In the Dutch study, people who stopped medication has a higher relapse rate at first, but after two years were on the same level as those who continue medication, and were showed marked improvements over more than three years. Most importantly, those individuals in the group that stopped medication had more than twice the chance of achieving “functional recovery”—they would have occasional symptoms but would be able to function, holding down a job and being independent.
This new testing has made psychiatrists question whether the belief that schizophrenia is related to dopamine is actually correct. There has never been strong evidence to suggest that schizophrenia sufferers have overactive dopamine signalling. Many now believe antipsychotics are simply another version of the tranquilisers used pre-1950.

New theories have come into being to explain the causes of schizophrenia. These suggest the involvement of an autoimmune reaction to proteins on the surface of brain cells, and perhaps the involvement of glutamate and serotonin.

This new research is leading to the development of new schizophrenia therapies. The most promising of these new schizophrenia therapies is the cognitive behavioural therapies, which aim to train people to think in new ways. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is often used in treating depression and anxiety and is now being considered for schizophrenia. Because people are more likely to suffer from a schizophrenic psychosis when stressed and unhappy, CBT trains them to cope with stress, leading to less chance of a breakdown.

Another advantage of talking therapies is that they can train schizophrenia sufferers to eliminate the voices in their head without being troubled by them. These voices are often caused by traumatic experiences that are repeated in the schizophrenia sufferer’s mind. By training the schizophrenia sufferer to deal with these voices, talking therapies give them control over their condition.

Talking therapies are now being enhanced by the inclusion of computer programs designed to combat aggressive voices. Pilot studies have shown these treatments to be effective. When using the software packages, the schizophrenia sufferer creates an avatar that represents the voice in their head. A therapist sits in another room and speaks to the patients. The therapists voice is digitally modified to produce a new voice, matching the voice in the schizophrenia sufferer’s head. The therapist then proceeds to lead the patient into their own private hell by reproducing the voice in their head.
Over the course of this new schizophrenia therapy, the patient is taught to stand up to the voice in their head and to the avatar on the screen. In testing, 15 out of 16 schizophrenia sufferers were helped by this new schizophrenia therapy, reporting that they stopped hearing the voices in their head.

Another application of these computer-based new schizophrenia therapies involve curing the memory and concentration problems of sufferers. Brain training software offers a range of tasks that improve the sufferer’s mental skills in different ways, from logical reasoning to memory. These new schizophrenia therapies give sufferers the necessary skills to handle their mental health issue, allowing them to regain control of their life.

NICE, which creates the guidelines for the UK National Health Service, has stated that talking therapies should be offered to all schizophrenia sufferers in addition to drugs. But most health trusts have yet to invest in the devices needed for these new schizophrenia treatments—medication is cheaper.

 

Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Herbs for Anxiety

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We reveal the best natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety, showing way natural remedies are as effective as anxiety medication. 

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The modern world is a world of anxiety. In America alone, 40 million adults suffer the symptoms of severe anxiety disorder every year (according to the National Institute of Mental Health). Even those who don’t suffer severe anxiety do well to avoid anxiety completely.

Of course, pharmaceutical companies bank billions on making people believe that prescription medication is the one and only cure for severe anxiety. Recent systematic review of studies, completed by the GNIF (Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation) have shown that natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety offer effective treatment without serious side effects.

The following have been found to be the best natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety (when dealing with occasional and less extreme cases).

“Why am I so unhappy”? – Causes of Depression and anxiety

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 Keep asking yourself “Why am I so unhappy?” Then you may have fallen victim of one of the main causes of depression and anxiety.

meditation-brain-training-2Let me describe to you a time of personal unhappiness in my life, then tell me if it sounds familiar. There was a time when I would feel like I have nothing and I would want everything. I was hungry. Hungry for women, for money, for success, for fame (I’m an actor so fame is, in this field, almost like a very large promotion—it’s desired). I craved. I would look at the life I had, determine it as not being good enough and then desire more.  At times, I would get more. There were times when, as an actor, I scored roles I really wanted. There were times when I got lucky in love. There were times when I was popular. I had fortune. Sure, I wasn’t a millionaire and I wasn’t a mega movie star, but I had more than enough to be thankful for. The problem? Instead of being thankful all I could thing was “What next?” Does this sound familiar to you?

In most society’s around the world today, we are made to want more and more and more. I suppose it is the result of capitalism. Companies want to sell more and more products. How do they sell them? By making you want them. And guess where it stops? That’s right, nowhere. (Article continues. . . )

Overcoming the death of a parent with Art Therapy

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Inspiring quote about overcoming the death of a parent

 

 

It’s been a few months since my father passed away. Anyone who has experienced the death of a parent knows full well how harrowing it is. It feels as though your spirit has been severed in two. When my father died, at first I didn’t believe it. His death was an accident and a shock. I denied it. It took time to accept the truth. Then came a period of grieving. The pain slowly—too slowly—dies down. Today, the wound is still open and at times I will weep. What I really need, for myself and for my family, is to be able to truly let go of those emotions. I need to allow my father to be in heaven.

Grieving is not easy. As a meditation teacher, I’ve had many people say to me “Well, surely you know how to cope with this sort of thing.”

I suppose that’s true, to an extent. I do know a great deal about how to cope. Meditation has helped me immensely (for a guide see my article on Meditations for grief on TheDailyMeditation.com). But there’s a certain inalienable reality: losing a parent hurts no matter who you are, no matter how well equipped you are to cope. You can’t prepare yourself for such a life altering event.

Overcoming the death of a parent is a challenge for anyone

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No matter who you are, when you experience the death of a parent, or a loved one, or a friend or family members, there is pain. And that pain needs to come out.

It’s the same for people dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and many other psychological complications. There are pains, and those pains are going to stay inside you until they come out. The best thing we can do—perhaps the only thing we can do—is to help the pain come out in a healthy way.

One such way is to express pain through art therapy.

Art therapy has been gathering wind for many years now. One of the modern creative holistic therapies, art therapy offers us an opportunity to let our pain out. When we grab a piece of paper and a paintbrush and let go, we give our pain a channel through which to flow out of our bodies and minds.

You might think that’s similar to talking to someone. Of course, when we talk to others we do offer ourselves a chance to express things. But talking to others is very conscious. We rarely, if ever, genuinely let ourselves go. Most of us don’t allow our words to flow through us freely. We filter ourselves, for the benefit of the other person. This impedes our expression and impedes the releasing of our emotions.

Art therapy, on the other hand, allows us to let go absolutely. We paint, or draw, without thinking, just letting the pencil or the paint splash out onto the page. But it’s more than paint. It’s our feelings, our fears, our thoughts, our suffering… it all comes flowing out.

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This art therapy painting might look like a mess but it represents the released of trapped emotions. 

Art therapy can be an immensely emotional, spiritual experience, because there simply aren’t that many times in our lives when we just let go.

Art therapy can help me to overcome the grief of losing my father, as it can help anyone to overcome the death of their parents. Sometimes, what you really need to do is just let go. Let it all out. Let those feelings, thoughts, and emotions splash onto the page. Watch them leave your mind.

A painting can be more than a painting. It can be a profound, spiritually healing experience.

 

How to Overcome Anxiety with Meditation

Deciding to overcome anxiety with meditation is one of the nest choices you can make. Meditation is a natural and very healthy form of therapy. It is also immensely helpful in curing anxiety.

Anxiety, in essence, is a state of mind. Your mind has learnt to deal with stressful situations in a certain way, a way which creates feeling of anxiety. With meditation you learn to understand the process of your mind and then to change that process. When you change your mental process you change your anxiety.

So, how do we use meditation to overcome anxiety? Throughout this article we will be presenting a five stage program for curing anxiety with meditation. It is important that you do each of these meditation techniques in order while reading. The process will take 50 minutes. Take your time and make sure to complete all stages as they are progressive in nature.

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 How to Overcome Anxiety with Meditation

STAGE 1: Breathing Meditation

Before you can change your mental processes you need to calm your mind to a state where you are completely in control. The best place to start with this is with a breathing meditation. This process will take ten minutes. It is very simple. Here’s how to do it.

1)      Sit comfortably with good posture making sure your spine is in proper alignment.

2)      Close your eyes and take a couple of moments just to relax.

3)      Focus your mind on your breathing as it enters and leave through your mouth and nose.

4)      If you cannot focus practice alternative nostril breathing  (breathe in through one nostril while holding the other closed, then alternate).

5)      Thoughts will come to mind. Do not pay attention to them. Continue focussing on your breathing.

6)      Continue for ten minutes.

The purpose of this step is to silence your mind and to create calmness. This is the foundation on which the rest is built. Make sure you are calm and focussed before continuing.

Stage 2: Mindfulness Meditation

You have now calmed your mind. You have also observed the fact that thoughts distract you when you try to focus. The next step is to observe the thoughts and then to change them.

1)      Continue focussing on your breathing for a couple of minutes.

2)      Think about a situation in which you would feel somewhat anxious (make sure you think of something you can control—you should always feel comfortable when meditating).

3)      Thoughts will come to mind. These thoughts are the cause of your anxiety. You’re about to change them. To begin with, however, simply observe your thoughts. When you experience a thought say “This is only a thought. It isn’t real. It isn’t important.”

4)      You are now going to change the thoughts occupying your mind. Each time you experience a thought, tell yourself it is only a thought and then replace it with a positive thought. To give a very basic example, if you think “I’m not good enough” say “This is only a thought. It isn’t real” then think “I AM good enough.”

In this process we are doing two things. Firstly, we are training our mind to recognise that a thought is ONLY a thought. This depowers the thought. We are then suggesting positive alternatives, which a) trains us to control our thoughts and b) produces positivity.

Next up we going to get living in the moment. When we are anxious we live in our thoughts. Conversely, when we are calm and confident we live in the moment. So, let’s get living in the moment.

Stage 3: Body Scan – Living in the moment

To get us living in the moment we are going to begin with a body mind meditation. This type of meditation gets you in touch with your body, gets your mind focusing on reality and creates an empowering sense of freedom.

1)      Begin by lying down, though you may remain seated if you prefer.

2)      Close your eyes. Focus your mind on your breathing for a moment.

3)      We are now going to direct our focus through our body. Begin with the feet. Focus on your feet. Observe sensations and feelings there. If there is tension in your feet imagine taking a deep breath into that area to relax. Ask the area to relax.

4)      Next we move to the ankles. Repeat the same process. Then gradually up through every part of your body, right up to your crown.

5)      To end, focus on your entire body. Meditate on your body for five minutes.

Stage 4: Walking

We’re now more in touch with our bodies. We now want to extend our meditation into movement. This continues to heighten our mind body connection, gets us living in the moment and creates a sense of freedom and control.

For this exercise you need a safe path of at least 10 feet.

1)      Start at one end of your path. Stand still for a moment. Focus on the sensation in your feet and legs.

2)      Begin walking. Walk VERY SLOWLY. Movement is not important here, it is FOCUS which matters. So, move slowly focussing on every process involved with moving.

3)      Walk to the end of your path. It might take a couple of minutes to walk those ten feet. Remember, slowness is important.

4)      Turn round and repeat.
Stage 5: NOTHING

When dealing with anxiety it is immensely beneficial to have a safe zone to retract to. This is like carrying around a personal sense of comfort. When you experience anxiety you can return to this comfortable place, helping you to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety.

1)      There is only one stage involved in this step: Focus on silence. That’s all. Just focus your mind (as you did on the breathing meditation) but on silence. Become one with silence. Do this for ten minutes. Then, the next time you experience anxiety, meditate on silence again for fast relief.

That’s it! During this process you have learnt to silence your mind, to control your thoughts, to live in the moment and you found a safe zone that is always there for you.

Practice this meditation several times, completing the entire procedure. You will find it cures your anxiety.

Thanks for reading.

Paul.

How to break out of depression naturally

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Anti-depressants. Do you really need them? A better way to break out of depression is the natural way.

more-buttonbreaking-out-of-depression-naturallyIt was reported recently that 1 in 10 US adults take antidepressants. When I read this I was very sad. What made my mood worse was when I read that less than a third of the people taking antidepressants have actually been to a mental health professional in the past twelve months. The truth of the matter is that the majority of people taking antidepressants do not need them.

White women constitute the biggest group of people taking antidepressants. 400% more white women are taking antidepressants now as compared to in the early 90s.  It isn’t that there are that many more people with depression. It’s simply that anti-depressants are now seen as the “Go to” solution for depression.

I’m not a doctor, but I do know what it is like to experience depression. . . don’t we all? We all suffer from feelings of depression from time to time. It seems it doesn’t take much to leave us feeling depressed. Not exercising, eating unhealthy diets, spending too long on the computer. . . these are all causes of depression. And there are simple and healthy solutions.

Let’s put away the anti-depressants and get back to the natural way.

Depression Meditation | Techniques in meditation for depression and anxiety

There are many depression meditation techniques that can greatly help with depression and with finding a natural cure for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Essentially, all types of meditation will help with depression. In the book Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners we shared all the best depression meditation techniques. Let take a quick look at some of those techniques now.

 

 

The Best Depression Meditation Techniques

Depression Meditation Technique 1: Breathing meditation

To do a breathing meditation simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Specifically, focus on the sensation of your breath coming and going through the space between mouth and nose. This will quiet your mind and allow freedom from depressive thoughts.

Depression Meditation Technique  2: Zen Walking Meditation :

 Exercise helps with depression. This is even more true when you combine that exercise with meditation. Try going for a Zen walk. Walk very slowly and focus absolutely on the feeling of movement in your legs and feet. 

Depression Meditation Technique 4: Chanting Meditation

Chanting or even humming creates positive energy in the body and helps to relax the mind (this is why singing in the shower is so relaxing). Simply close your eyes, focus on your breathing and chant a mantra for twenty minutes. This will change the frequency of energy in your body and lead to new thoughts and feelings

We hope you find these depression meditation technique beneficial. For more on meditation techniques for depression and other health related concerns, be sure to read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners. 

Meditation and Depression | Getting Help for Depression Through Meditation

Meditation and depression can be thought of as opposites. When we are suffering from depression we are compounded by negative thoughts that affect our emotional state and leave us feeling depression. Conversely, when we meditate we remove thoughts and see the world with calm and open perception. Therefore, meditation and depression are opposite.

Because they are opposite, one of the best ways of getting help for depression is through meditation. By meditating, a depressed person learns to free themselves from the negative thoughts which are the root cause of depression.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to be of immense value to the curing of depression,  as well as to the curing of other mental health problems such as anxiety and stress.

There are many different types of meditation that can be used to help treat depression.

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Meditation and Depression | Getting Help for Depression Through Meditation

Most often, meditation can be used without risk. However, depression is a special case. It is imperative to follow the guidelines below when using meditation for depression.

  • You should always feel relaxed when meditating. Meditation should never make you feel worse. If at any point when meditating you feel worse, stop.
  • Meditation and depression are both quite serious things –particularly depression. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before meditating when suffering from depression, 
  • There have been some reports (though they are very rare) of people with depression having their symptoms worsen while mediating. Again, if this happens stop and do not continue until seeking professional guidance. 
  • If you are suffering from severe depression it is best to learn meditation from a certified meditation instructor. 
  • Use meditation lightly. Meditation should always be used in a relaxed manner, but this is especially true for meditation and depression. 
  • Begin slowly. It is better to take baby steps up a mountain than to jump to high in one go. 
  • Only use meditation techniques you personally feel comfortable with. 

There is a natural link between the healing properties of meditation and depression. Meditation will cure depression, but only when it is practiced correctly. Right mind. Right body. Right intention. Go slowly, go softly and always stop if you feel you need to.

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief: How To Get Relief From Stress

In this guide you will discover the ten most effective meditation techniques for stress relief. These are the perfect ways to get relief from stress. Simply choose the exercise you must like the look of or try all ten and kiss goodbye to stress.

 

In America, more than 47% of the population suffer from stress. In England in 2012, 6370 admissions were made to hospital for stress-related conditions. the picture is not much better elsewhere. We are a world suffering from stress.

Meditation has been proven to be of immense help when handling stress. There are numerous ways in which meditation can help people get relief from stress. Some of them are physical, like Yoga and Tai Chi. Others are completely stationary, like mindfulness meditation and many breathing based meditations. All, however, are great for relaxing the mind and allowing a person to escape from stressful modes of thinking.

Of all the great meditation techniques for stress relief, the following ten are the most effective.

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The Top Ten Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #1: Beginners Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that involves focussing on one thing absolutely and on living in the present moment. It is easy to do. To begin, simply close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath.

 

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #2: Food Meditation

Food by itself can be very relaxing—especially when eating something pleasant like chocolate (mind the calories though!). To meditate on food, simply pick one item to eat. now, focus on all the sensory information attached to the food. Meditate on its site, meditate on its scent, eat it slowly, savouring and meditating on every taste.

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #3: Loving Kindness

A loving kindness meditation is about sending loving and kind thoughts to everybody. It is simple to perform. The best way to practice loving kindness meditation is to close your eyes and repeat the following mantra to each individual you think of. Simply say a mantra along the lines of: “May [e.g Dad] find happiness. May he be free from suffering and pain. May he also have the strength and courage to overcome moments of difficulty in life.”  This is an example mantra. What matter is that you recite a line that extends thoughts of love and kindness to those around you.

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #4: Meditating to Music

A lot of us already meditate to music even if we are not aware of doing it. Simply choose some relaxing music (Buddhist peace music, for instance, or perhaps some nice relaxing classic music). Focus all of your attention on the sound of the music. Make the music the only thing that exists in your world. Meditate on the music for many minutes and it will greatly help you to relax and handle stress.

 

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #5: Shower Meditation

Hopefully you either shower or bath once a day and so can readily begin to practice shower meditation. To do so is simple, just meditate absolutely on the sensation of water hitting your body. This will not only relax you, but it will awaken your body to and help promote the mind body connection.

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #6:  Body Scan Meditation

A body scan meditation involves getting in touch with your full body. It encourages the mind body connection so as to promote inner calm and wellbeing for both body and mind. To perform this meditation, lie down and close your eyes. Take a couple of minutes to relax. Now begin to meditate on your crown. Feel all the sensations there, being alive to them. Then move your focus down your face, down your neck, gradually going down and down to your toes, then gradually back up to the top of your head. this meditation helps release stress in your mind and tension in your body.

 

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #7.   Zen Walking Meditation

To do a Zen walking meditation you will need a path in which you can walk for about 40 steps without being disturbed. To do the meditation, begin to walk your path in one direction. Focus your energy and attention on the movement of your feet. Walk slowly, paying close attention to each stage of the movement process. Get in touch with the sensation of movement and focus on it absolutely. When you reach the end of your path turn around and walk back the other way.

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #8: Relaxing Mantra Meditation

Mantra are lines which we recite when meditating. To do a mantra meditation, you first must choose your mantra. A good mantra for relaxation would be (for instance) “I am feeling relaxed and free, calm from head to toe.” Begin to recite this meditation to yourself with your eyes closed. Continue for ten to twenty minutes.

 

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #9: Art Therapy

Art therapy involves meditating as you create. You may wish to create a picture, poem, short story or anything else. There are two ways in which to meditate on art therapy. Firstly, you may choose a subject and meditate on recreating it (for instance, sit outside and paint a picture of the scenery while meditating on the scenery). Or you may create freely, by allowing your creativity to flow. The first technique is good for calming your mind. The second technique is good for actively releasing stress and negative ways of thinking.

 

Meditation Techniques for Stress Relief #10: Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga and Tai Chi both involve focussing absolutely on basic movements. To do this, you will need to learn a couple of Yoga or Tai Chi poses. Having learnt them, you then begin to move from one pose to another gradually, paying close attention to the movements.

 

All these meditation techniques for stress relief are powerful and effective ways of handling stress. Simply chose the techniques you think you will most enjoy or that you think will most benefit you. Or, if you have time, begin at exercise one and work through to exercise ten.

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Meditation Techniques for Anxiety and Stress

 Meditation techniques for anxiety and stress are one of the most effective ways of overcoming the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Read on for more information on meditation techniques for anxiety and stress, or begin the first exercise by clicking the link

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If you are not sure whether you are suffering from anxiety and stress, ask yourself whether you are suffering from the following symptoms:

Symptoms of anxiety and stress

  • Fearing what people are thinking
  • Claustrophobia
  • Sensation of being overwhelmed
  • Suffering from numerous types of fear
  • Too much self awareness
  •  Dizziness
  •  Light-headedness
  •  Giddiness
  •  Noises in your head
  • Teeth grinding

These are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety and stress. If you are suffering from these symptoms, meditation techniques for anxiety and stress can be extremely helpful.

There are many different types of meditation techniques for anxiety and stress. Simply choose the technique you feel you would find most relaxing and enjoyable, click through to the page and read the instructions for the technique

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety and Stress

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the most important meditation technique for anxiety and stress. Mindfulness is usually quite simple to begin and is based on breathing meditations where you sit somewhere quiet and focus on your breathing. Learn mindfulness meditation HERE. 

Zen Walking Meditation: Zen walking meditation is an exercise in which you walk slowly and mindfully, becoming more aware of the sensations in your body. This technique helps you to develop your mind / body connection, giving you more control of your body. It is also extremely relaxing. Learn Zen Walking Meditation Here.

Meditation for controlling emotions: This specialised meditation technique enables you to take control of your emotions and feelings (including the feelings of stress and anxiety). It’s a breathing meditation but is specially tailored fro empowering practitioners to learn to control their emotions. Learn this technique HERE. 

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Meditation Techniques For Anxiety: How To Handle Anxiety Naturally

Learn how to handle anxiety naturally by using meditation technique for anxiety. 

Approximately 40 million adult in the US suffer from anxiety each year, says the National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety is nothing strange. It is a stress response to difficult situations that we are all bound to come across at one time or another. Some people suffer from social anxiety disorder, others from anxiety during pregnancy, many more have anxiety during stressful times such as during exams or when facing pressure at work.

All these anxiety suffers experience similar states: a stress reaction. Thankfully, there is a natural and healthy way how to handle anxiety. The key to handling anxiety is to develop a habit of relaxation by using meditation. Not only will meditation help to handle anxiety, it will also improve your overall health, happiness and wellbeing.

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Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #1 : Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditations are about focussing your attention and your mind on something absolutely. Mindfulness is about being aware and living in the present moment. It usually involves focussing on your breath. You can read a great article and guide to mindfulness meditation HERE.

To briefly explain the mindfulness meditation technique, it begins by focussing on the breath. Simply close your eyes and focus on the sensation of your breath moving in and out of your nose. You will experience thoughts while you do this. When you have a thought, simply observe it in a nonjudgmental way. Be aware of the thought without thinking of it as right or wrong, good or bad or in any other way. This process allows you to recognise that your thoughts are only thoughts, and by doing so allows you to move past negative thoughts, helping you to handle anxiety.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #2:Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is the entry point to meditation for a lot of people. Guided meditations are available through CDs and online. The best kind of guided meditation for people suffering from anxiety are ones that centre on muscle relaxation, guided visualisations and breathing practices.

Guided meditations slow the heart rate so you don’t experience the state of panic associated with anxiety. They are also useful for making you think about something other than the cause of anxiety.

The best guided meditations for anxiety can be found in this list of free guided meditations. Use them once a day for continual relaxation and you will naturally learn to relax when you feel tense, stressed and anxious.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #3: Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga and Tai Chi are both excellent ways of connecting mind and body and promoting the calmness of both. They are excellent ways of dealing with depression and are relatively simple to begin. Both involve focussing on specific movements and poses. By focussing your mind on these activities you give yourself a break from anxious thoughts.

For more on Yoga and Tai Chi see HERE.

Meditation Techniques for Anxiety #4: Zen walking

Zen walking is extremely relaxing. It involves walking up and down a straight path while focussing your mind . You can begin Zen walking anywhere where you have an open space that is free of distractions—don’t do it near a road.  As you walk, focus your mind absolutely on the process of walking. Pay attention to the movement of your feet, the lift of the foot, the forward swinging and downward placement. Also be aware of when the movement shifts from one foot to another.

For more on Zen walking, read the Zen walking meditation guide.

 

As you can see, all these meditation techniques for anxiety help you to handle anxiety by focussing your mind on one simple think. There are many ways to do this. You could simply focus on the sound of the kettle boiling as you make a cup of tea. Or you could focus on the feeling of the water hitting your body as you shower. What matters is focussing your mind on the moment.

The basis, then, of all meditation techniques for anxiety is to focus on one thing absolutely. This gives your mind a break, allows you to relax and is best way how to handle anxiety.

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How To Help People Who Are in Depression

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On this page we’ll be looking at the best ways how to help people who are in depression. Remember, however, that depression is an individual matter. People experience depression in different ways, so you need to adapt the advice in this article for the specific individual.

How to Help People Suffering from Depression 1:  Be There

When we conducted a survey of people who had overcome depression, we found that more than half of them said that the people who were there for them made all the difference. Offering love and support is a great way to help someone to heal. Nigel Thornton recently overcame depression. He said to us, “Sometimes it’s the little things. Simply being reminded that there are people who love you and who will support you, that makes a world of difference.”

Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Recovery

A new breakthrough in brain training for depression recovery is offering hope to millions of people suffering from depression. Brain training for depression offers an alternative way of treating depression without medication.

Bruce Ross has been suffering from depression for close to 40 years. In speaking with The Telegrath he said, “I have suffered from depression since high school, back in the seventies, when people didn’t talk about depression. In his attempts at curing depression, Ross even moved home 1200 miles from Nova Scotia to Ontario, but this did little. “My depression followed me.”

It wasn’t until the late nineties that Ross was finally diagnosed with clinical depression. He tried anti-depressants but they didn’t work. He tried psychotherapy, ECT and more, but nothing worked.

Deep Brain Stimulation offers hope of depression recovery

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A breakthrough in treatments for depression, Deep Brain Recovery offers hope for people suffering from depression for whom depression medication is not working.

Ross can be excused for wondering whether he would ever make it through. Then came a day that changed his life, two years ago, when he learnt about a new breakthrough treatment for depression called Deep Brain Stimulation. The procedure involved inserting electrodes that act like a battery into the collarbone and stimulating parts of the brain. They work like a pacemaker, training the brain to  inhibit or stimulate certain neural activity.

Between ten and twenty percent of depression sufferers are resistant to conventional treatment.  These patients are a suicide risk.

Deep Brain Stimulation is conducted with the patient conscious so as to avoid brain damage. In the procedure a hole is drilled into the skull and the electrodes are inserted.

To read more about Deep Brain Stimulation, visit The Telegrath.

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How to Stop worrying about Money

The best way how to stop worrying about money is to stop thinking too much. But just how exactly do you stop thinking? After all, you’ve probably spent 80% of your life thinking about one thing or another. Stopping thinking would require some kind of complete life-overhaul, wouldn’t it?

Nope.

There’s one very simple technique that you can use to stop thinking too much. It is the best way how to stop thinking about money. That way is by recognising a thought for what it is.

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How to stop worrying about money and stop thinking too much

Have you ever wondered why a thought means so much to you? After all, a thought is only in your head. Worries come from thoughts and that means that worries, too, are only in your head. But why do worries and thoughts mean so much to us?

Try this simple exercise and you’ll immediately understand why thoughts and worry have such an effect on you.

Bring to mind an image of your current financial situation.

Got it?

Describe the thought you’re experiencing.

Now, this is the important bit. When you described the thought you were experiencing you probably said something along the lines of “I am seeing my bank account with no money in it” or something similar. In truth, you’re not seeing your bank account, or whatever you think you are seeing. You’re just seeing an image in your head.

When we think, we tend to confuse our thoughts with reality. We think (for instance) “I cant make money” and then believe that this thought must be true. In fact, it is only a thought.

When you stop confusing your thoughts for reality you will stop giving your thoughts too much power. This is the best way how to stop worrying about money. Continually remind yourself that a thought is just a thought. It is nothing more. Stop dwelling on your thoughts and they will disappear.

The next time you worry about money, just say to yourself “This is only a thought. It is not reality.” Try this for two days and I guarantee you will stop worrying about money.

This, however, is just one way to stop worrying about money. On the next page we’ll look at another excellent way how to stop worrying about money.

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