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There’s no denying that we lead stressful lives today, and often crack under the burden of intense physical and mental pressure. Stress is a killer, and even a few minutes of anxiety can reduce your immunity for hours. That’s why we must pay attention to keeping stress under control, right? Try meditation, just like Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra.
“Daily meditation is my secret,” Parineeti posted on her Instagram page, along with images in which she is seen soaking in the peace of the picturesque environment.
According to a study titled ‘Immune system. Relationship to anxiety disorders’ that was published in PubMed, it was revealed that being under chronic stress can wreak havoc on our health. That further establishes the need to indulge in practices like yoga and meditation which are known to soothe the mind and body.
Renowned yoga expert Abhishek Otwal tells HealthShots more about how yoga and meditation can help to de-stress.
For the unversed, meditation is a type of mind-body complementary medicine, which can help with a tranquil mind and offers a deep state of relaxation.
“Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for relaxing and slowing down the mind and bringing about any kind of breath awareness. Whether you’re holding postures, flowing through sequences, or are in a seated meditation pose, everything falls into place, when you pay attention to your breath. In a nutshell, meditation reduces stress and promotes relaxation, which is the opposite of stress,” says Otwal.
Daily meditation can help people to gain a new perspective on stressful situations. Moreover, it helps to increase self-awareness as well as patience and tolerance.
Otwal believes that yoga helps to restore the natural peace of our minds, after being in a busy, distracted state. “Having a calm, or resolved mind can help us clear our perceptions, make wise decisions, and lead peaceful lives. For any stressed individual, yoga can be a game-changer, especially meditation and physical asanas work as a magic pill to combat stress immediately,” he adds.
According to him, certain postures like forward bends and inversions can have a deeply calming effect on the whole system.
“Yoga can benefit three aspects that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing. By practicing yoga every day, you can induce positive energy in your body, which will help you keep calm, more focused, and balanced. Whether you are at home, work, or somewhere in between, yoga is always here to help you relax. The practice teaches us to be sensitive to each movement and to listen to our bodies. It also encourages us to exist in the present moment and to live in a more mindful, conscious, and connected way,” explains Otwal.
At the same time, yoga also helps to release negative emotions like fear, anger, and guilt. We already know that pent-up feelings can wreak havoc both on our physical and mental health, which is why it is important to let them all out.
Moreover, the practice can also help to tackle a cluttered mind.
“Yoga helps in case you have a cluttered mind, and helps you focus your energy on one thought, action, or task. The concentrated energy provides additional power to do what is desired than a disturbed mind. Practicing yoga and meditation regularly helps habituate the mind to remain focused and concentrated,” concludes Otwal.