Written by Patrick LABORDE

This article will discuss several things you can to do improve your mind and increase the relaxation response. Controlling your mind leads to many positive effects on your body. Incorporate one or several of these practices into your life and you will gain control of both your body and mind and find you feel better than you ever have before.

1 – Meditation:

We spend too much time worrying about the past or fearing the future, and not enough time in the present moment. Meditation teaches us to live in the now. While practicing meditation, you can learn to still your mind, focus your attention, and release the thoughts that negatively affect your mind. The simplest way to meditate is to focus on your breathing. You find a quiet place to sit. Get comfortable. If you choose to sit in a chair, put your feet firmly on the ground. Then, focus on your breath. You will sense thoughts coming into your mind. Instead of focusing on them, just notice them and return to your breath. It is difficult to do at first, but research has shown that with sustains practice of fifteen minutes a day, you will feel calmer and more able to control your mind. There are many different forms of meditation you can practice. If following your breath doesn’t feel right, research other methods or join a meditation group. There are many positive effects one can experience when meditating daily. It increases blood flow through the body and helps slow the heart rate. It naturally decreases muscle tension and can help in healing. It has been shown to heal chronic diseases such as allergies and asthma. It reduces the activities of viruses in the body and decreases emotional distress. It has been shown to cure migraine headaches. It slows the aging process. It has a positive change in mood and behavior by increasing serotonin levels. You will learn to better control the thought you have, which is important to decrease negative thinking and increase positive thinking. It even helps your mind age more slowly than normal, preserving your cognitive functions for many years later than is normal. And these are just a few of the hundreds of documented effects of meditation. Imagine making this one simple change can do so much for you.

2 – Deep Breathing:

When you feel stressed out, stop. Take a moment to focus on your breath. Breathe deeply into your abdomen. Doing so for just thirty seconds will help calm you down. Just doing so a few minutes every day will lower blood pressure and increase the antioxidants in your blood stream which protects you from several diseases such as heart disease, aging, and dementia. Take a few minutes every day to breathe deeply. This is an especially useful tool if you find yourself thinking negatively for feeling stress or anger. Take a minute to breathe deeply and notice how your emotional landscape will change.

3 – Yoga:

Everyone seems to be doing yoga nowadays. What used to be a mystical practice for the initiated has made its way into the mainstream and almost every city has at least one yoga studio. Yoga is a combination of physical stretches and exercises and controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce your stress level, and improve the functioning of your heart. It is also a mental practice that requires focused attention and can help you learn to control your mind. It is also very beneficial to the body, given that it is a series of focused exercises. So, find a yoga studio or find a video and give it a try.

4 – Reiki:

This is a Japanese technique that states that the power of touch helps to heal many different physical illnesses and to relieve stress. A Reiki practitioner will lay hands over specific parts of the body with the goal of redirecting and stimulating the body’s energy. Many people find Reiki to be very helpful to deal with a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. Studies on its effectiveness are limited and conflicting, but many people profess to feel better after Reiki sessions. It has been shown to be beneficial to help people relax and reduce anxiety and depression.

5 – Tai Chi:

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art, but it is also used as meditation in movement. It helps to improve strength, coordination, and flexibility, to reduce pain and stiffness in the joints, to improve your balance, to enhance your sleep, and to give you greater awareness, calm, and overall sense of well-being. Tai chi involves a series of gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. It helps to improve the flow of energy in the body, and generally it feels good. Many martial arts studios teach tai chi.

6 – Visualization and Positive Thinking:

People who have a positive outlook on life are less likely to develop heart disease and high blood pressure, and have longer life expectancies than people who don’t utilize the power of positive thinking. By visualizing positive things in your life, you can change the way your brain functions. Spend some time visualizing positive happenings in your life daily. Turn off the faucet of negative thoughts in your mind and replace them with positive ones. Your health will thank you.

7 – Reflexology:

Reflexology is an alternative treatment that involves applying pressure to specific points on the hands and feet with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. It improves health by linking specific pressure points on the extremities with various organs and systems in the human body. Studies have shown that reflexology can help reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, may have a positive effect in the treatment of asthma, and diabetes, and promotes relaxation and stress relief. Find a reflexologist near you and give it a try.

8 – Acupuncture:

This is a Chinese medicine technique that involves using needles to stimulate specific energy points on the body to facilitate healing.  The idea is to improve the flow of energy throughout the body on pathways, or meridians. Scientifically, it is theorized that this increases blood flow and stimulates the nerves, muscles, and tissues in the body. Whatever the mechanism, it has been shown that acupuncture helps to treat headaches, hypertension, depression, back pain, nausea, arthritis, and many other conditions. It is now being embraced by Western medicine after many studies have proven the usefulness of the technique.

9 – Ayurveda:


This is traditional Hindu medicine that utilizes what they call the science of life through food, supplements, and lifestyle. By balancing the three vital energies in the body, you heal your body and your mind. Ayurvedic treatments have proven helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety, hypertension, and dementia. However, you should only utilize this healing art under the supervision of a trained practitioner. Some of the components can be harmful if used improperly.

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