There is No doubt that stress is one of the enemies of the health of mind and body of the generations of today.
The American Association of Psychologists (APA), in a statement posted on its website, says that “we have all felt stress in our life. Sometimes, for a brief moment in front of any situation, like being caught in a heavy traffic, and the other for prolonged times before a complex problem and persistent that can be related either to our relationships or family, the illness or death of a loved one, job loss, or falling in a bad economic situation.
That is to say that the stress is there, involved in our lives and, in some cases we are not aware of it not aware of its presence and the changes it’s causing in our health, mind and body.
The APA alert that stress is dangerous when it interferes with the ability to live a normal life for an extended period of time. “One can feel out of control and have no idea what you should do, even if the cause is insignificant. This, in turn, can cause that one is always tired, can not concentrate or are irritable in situations quiet”, she adds.
He also points out that, when it is prolonged, it can increase any emotional problem that has resulted from traumatic events in the past, and increase thoughts of suicide.
And as the negative effects of stress have always been obvious, the good news is that techniques have been developed to control it, and there are also disciplines of mind control, meditation and relaxation that have been shown to work, as is the case of “mindfulness”, an ancient meditation technique of India, which consists in taking awareness of the present moment, of reality.
“The practice of ‘mindfulness’ has gained popularity in recent times, due to its effectiveness and scientific support,” according to psychologist Eric López Maya. “And this is because there is a great need to find practical resources for coping with the stressful situations of daily life and are able to live from a different perspective, more healthy”.
The psychologist Raquel Melgar says that to meditate is an excellent option, because it is to make a high, so be a few minutes to focus on the here and now. “Is to concentrate on the body, breathe, and feel how the air enters our lungs,” he said.
The specialist points out that we live in uncertain times and we need to learn to manage our attention to be able to be in the present moment in a balanced way. In addition, there are a large amount of research that attest to the positive results of meditation on our bodies.
Melgar ensures that the research has shown that meditation has many benefits for the bodily health and mental well being of any person.
“When we practice daily meditation, we learn to respond and not react automatically to what happens to us,” explains Melgar. Adds that to be in the present moment we can choose how we face what happens to us on a daily basis, which has beneficial health effects in terms of reduction of symptoms associated with stress, such as hypertension, headaches, muscle tension or gastrointestinal disorders.
The immune system
The scientific research on stress have shown that when you are stressed, the immune system tends to not work properly. According to the psychologist, winner of the Award for Dissertation of the School of Public Health of the University of California in Berkeley, ca is in the mechanism of chronic inflammation, which may be a precursor of many diseases and that can be avoided through the practice of meditation.
The anxiety, usually, is included within the symptoms of stress. According to the psychologist, many times arises because our thoughts run into the future with worries and terrible stories. The training in meditation can help to that these concerns do not affect us too much, and, therefore, decrease the symptoms of anxiety. This has been shown in various investigations in the past 20 years.
Control of depression
Because with the technique of meditation is achieved the capacity to be aware at every moment of our feelings and real feelings, as well as to identify those things that are or are not under our control, this technique of relaxation and meditation is great for helping to prevent or manage depression. “Many cases of depression have their origins in patterns of thinking that are not healthy for us,” says the specialist.
Attention and concentration
According to the expert, this practice “can help us to be more efficient in our daily activities, including our work.”
“In research I conducted in both the united States and Mexico, who practiced meditation and relaxation were able to perform tasks with much greater attention and without making as many errors as those who did not practiced”, settles the researcher López Maya.