People encounter stress everyday, some do at work or
school, others at home. While they are usually able to cope
with stress, sometimes the burden simply becomes too much
that people break down because of it.
The Science of Stress
In the General Adaptation Syndrome model designed by Hans
Selye, he identifies three stages that people undergo when
During the first stage, the body goes on a state of alarm
at the realization of a threat. In this stage, cortisol is
released by the body.
The second stage is where the body becomes unable to cope
with the strain until its resources are depleted.
Finally, the body breaks down which include the exhaustion
of the immune system. Because of this, the body is unable
to fight of sicknesses which then expose the person to
How Meditation Helps Reduce Stress
Meditation is one method which can help reduce the stress
levels of a person. By calming the mind and giving the
person a sense of control over things, the things that are
considered threats (the things which cause stress) become
easier to manage.
But the reduction of stress isn’t the end of the exercise.
Since stress can make people prone to illnesses, reducing
stress can help in keeping the person healthy.
The practice of meditation, therefore, can result in
improved health and resistance to illnesses.
So the next time you feel stressed out, try to calm
yourself down by practicing meditation. While your problems
won’t exactly go away, you at least become mentally
prepared to face them.