Meditation and Deep Breathing for Relieving Stress Anytime, Anywhere

meditation One of the biggest complaints I get from my San Diego clients is that their life seems to be spinning out of control. Their life is careening at a frantic, breakneck speed and they come to me wanting to use techniques from NLP and hypnotherapy to help give them back a sense of control.

Without a doubt there are techniques from NLP and hypnosis that can help you to take back control of your frenzied, fast-paced world and I teach them to my San Diego clients all the time. But for long term stress management I also like to teach deep breathing and meditation.

Deep Breathing and Meditation

The deep breathing and meditation techniques I teach my clients come from Qigong (a Chinese internal martial art) and Yoga. These tools can provide your mind and body with an opportunity to learn to deal with stress in an effective way. I like to use these techniques because they’re simple and can be made part of your daily activities fairly quickly.

Why Do You Get “Stressed Out”?

Most researchers agree that the stress response is a survival mechanism. Many eons ago when our ancestors were living in caves or on the savannahs the stress response became activated when they were attacked giving them the ability to either fight the threat or run away from it. It gave them just enough energy and stamina to do just that.

How Stress Negatively Affects You

The stress response is supposed to be short term, lasting just long enough to handle a physical threat.

Today stress is usually not caused by physical threats. In fact, most of your stress is caused by how you think. You become “stressed out” because your stress response gets activated by how you think about people and events in your life. These are called stress “triggers”.

When you encounter stress triggers often enough you can stay in a constantly stressed state. When this happens stress can cause problems for your mental and physical health.

Why Use Meditation and Deep Breathing?

Since most of your stress is a product of your thinking it stands to reason that learning how to control your thinking would help you to control your stress.

That’s what deep breathing and meditation does for you, they help you learn how to control your thinking.

Practicing Deep Breathing and Meditation

Just as your body needs regular exercise to remain fit and healthy, so does your mind. Meditation and deep breathing can help you train your mind to relax and release your stress.

By practicing these disciplines regularly, be able to calm your mind in even the most stressful situations.

Use these easy deep breathing and meditation tips to fill your life with peace and happiness:

1. Make Time for Daily Meditation

Why do you get things done? You get things done because you put them into your schedule. The same goes for meditation, you need to make time to meditate.

Although having a regular place to meditate can be very beneficial, meditation can be done anywhere and at any time. Many forms of meditation can be done during your morning commute to work, while waiting in line at the grocery store, or even in your parked car.

The great thing about regular practice is after practicing meditation for a while, when you’re hit by a stress trigger you’ll automatically meditate and relax instead of becoming stressed out.

2. Find a Regular Place to Meditate

For maximum effectiveness, most meditation experts recommend that you make time to practice early in the morning before starting your day.

While you can meditate anywhere, experts agree that the best place to practice early morning meditation is in an open space, like a park or garden. You’ll get fresh, clean air which ensures proper oxygen intake and revitalizes the body.

The key is to find a place where you can spend a few uninterrupted minutes. Although a quiet outdoor location is preferable, if that’s not possible find a room that you can use that contains as few distractions as possible. This maximizes the effectiveness of your meditation.

3. Focus on Your Breathing

Shallow breathing is a normal reaction to stress. The problem with shallow breathing is it causes you to feel even more stressed. To learn to relax in stressful situations, you need to learn to automatically breathe in a way that relaxes your body.

That’s why you need to practice focusing on your breathing. The more you practice, the quicker deep breathing will become second nature in even the most stressful situation.

Your focus should be on taking slow, deep breaths. As you breathe in your stomach should stick out as your lungs fill up with air. Your stomach should push in as you breathe the air out of your lungs.

With a little practice you’ll find yourself practicing this type of deep breathing normally.

4. Look for a Meditative Practice that Fits Your Personality

There are many different forms of meditation. What you’ll want to do is look for different meditation styles. Practice using them, one at a time, until you find one that fits you and that you feel comfortable with.

Make Meditation a Part of Your Life

By making meditation a regular part of your life you’ll feel calmer and more energized, but just like any form of exercise, the benefits of meditation won’t be is instantaneous.

You’ll need to regularly practice meditation. This will help you to become comfortable with deep breathing.

If you stick with it you’ll soon see that the benefits are well worth the effort.

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can be used for relieving the stress you encounter during your day. These techniques can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and help you live a calmer, more productive life.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego,CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© and mediation techniques in both their business and personal lives to help relieve stress and live the calm, productive life they desire.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong for stress relief as well as many other personal and professional needs.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© and meditation techniques to relieve your stress then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan. In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.