There are many different forms of meditation, which in essence is a way of achieving a deep state of relaxation through breathing. There is much scientific evidence for the physical and psychological benefits of this relaxation technique, which include a drop in heart rate and in the production of stress hormones. It works at a deep level on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems (82), helping to rebalance them so that the parasympathetic is able to function more effectively.

Transcendental meditation (TM) and Acem meditation are two of the more popular forms. The TM technique is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day while sitting with your eyes closed, enabling your mind to transcend‚ to a quieter state. Acem meditation allows you to have thoughts coming into your head, to accept them, then to let them float off while you repeat a sound that you are given. After meditation, your body and brain feel energized once more.

Meditation needs to be learned, but this does not take long. Afterwards, it is easy to practise it at home. You simply need to find somewhere warm, quiet, and comfortable to lie or sit, and to set aside time each day to practise.

Daily meditation involves a simple technique that allows the mind and body to rest and releases mental and physical stress.

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