How a Body Scan Meditation Can Help With Mindfulness

Breathing meditations like Vipassana meditation are a great way to calm down and become relaxed. But your breath isn’t the only thing that you can focus on for mindfulness-based stress reduction. Focusing on your body and your body parts during a body scan meditation is a great way to pull your mind into the present moment and calm down. It is easy to learn and can help you connect in a spiritual and intimate way to your body. Read more

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Stress is not just a mental concept; it also has a huge effect on your physical wellbeing.

In short doses, acute stress can help you become focused and give you an actual rush of adrenaline that energizes your body to get the work done. Unfortunately, most of us are unable to let go of stress once the initial panic is gone. Read more

Meditation for Kids: How to Stop Unruly Behavior

Yoga and meditation are useful techniques for dealing with the stress and anxiety to which adults are commonly exposed. But adults are not the only ones suffering from stress and anxiety. Kids can suffer from the same kinds of emotional and mental strain, although sources of that stress may be different. Mindfulness practices can be very helpful for these younger practitioners. Read more

Wim Hof Breathing: The Technique That Set World Records

Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” hails from Sittard, Netherlands and holds 21 records for ice endurance, heat tests and other grueling, body-punishing feats of endurance in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” He’s run marathons barefoot, gone shirtless the Arctic circle, dove under the ice at the North Pole, and climbed most of Mt. Everest shoeless, shirtless and without oxygen.

How does this superhuman manage to push his body beyond the brink without suffering long-term negative consequences? Read more

How Anxiety and Blood Pressure Could Be Causing Your Health Problems

Is your heart pounding? Feeling some dizziness? Is your face flushed? Maybe have a headache? You may believe that you are experiencing high blood pressure. However, according to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure (or hypertension) doesn’t usually present symptoms. The only way you can know for sure is to get a blood pressure reading.

The symptoms that you are experiencing are most likely due to anxiety. But can anxiety affect blood pressure? What’s the link between the two? Read more

How to Relax Your Mind to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

High-anxiety situations create racing thoughts that stick with you for hours or even days. If you don’t know how to relax your mind, your worries can make it difficult to enjoy what’s around you.

When you’re stressed out, you never really enjoy the present moment. Not to mention the physical harm that comes from stress — increased blood pressure, intense muscle tension and erratic heart rates. A chronically stressed out mind is not good for your overall wellbeing.

That’s why learning how to relax your mind is essential to stress reduction. Read more

Stress vs. Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

The world has become both more stressed out and anxious. There are seemingly endless tasks to complete and everyone experiences the pressure of short deadlines. Working long hours, keeping up with social obligations and constantly having bad news delivered through 24-hour networks makes is very hard to relax.

The words stress and anxiety are thrown around a lot, given our environment. But even though anxiety and stress are often experienced together, are these two emotions the same? Read more

How to Stop a Panic Attack in 6 Steps

During a panic attack, your entire body is on high alert. Your heart is pounding and you are breathing fast and shallow. Your thoughts are racing, and you can’t think straight. The physical symptoms of a panic attack are real and intense. A panic attack can truly throw off the rest of your day. It’s understandable that you’d want to learn how to stop a panic attack.

At the peak of a panic attack, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do. Don’t get discouraged. There are techniques you can leverage to reduce the severity of your panic attack, and even stop it altogether. Read more

What is Diaphragmatic Breathing and How Can it Help Anxiety?

When it comes to breathing, there are dozens of distinct techniques you can use. While breathing is something you do automatically, using specific breathing methods that help you control each exhale and inhale can help reduce anxiety and stress in several situations.

This article will take an in-depth look at one of the most reliable and stress-relieving breathing techniques out there: diaphragmatic breathing. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more