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When people pray, they evoke a physiological response that's opposite to the stress response: the relaxation response," says Herbert Benson, M.
Even brief meditation triggers the relaxation response, an aspect of the parasympathetic nervous system, which boosts well-being, cognition, immunity and more.
Learn a relaxation response technique (such as meditation, tai chi, or yoga) and use it daily to counteract the harmful effects of stress.
One of the most effective is to practice meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or repetitive prayer--all of which help produce the relaxation response, a physiologic state of deep rest.
They analysed sitting meditation of common forms such as: Samatha; Vipassana (Insight Meditation); Mindful Meditation; Zen Meditation (Zazen); Raja Yoga; Loving-Kindness (Metta); Transcendental Meditation; and Relaxation Response.
Benson, using the Relaxation Response is beneficial as it counteracts physiological effects of stress and the fight or flight response.
It helps to break the train of everyday thoughts to provoke a relaxation response.
Guinosso attributed the relaxation response to correct breathing: 'It's meditative.
Many studies have shown that eliciting the relaxation response, described as a state of deep rest, relieves feelings of stress and anxiety and can also reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
The two primary interventions chosen were the relaxation response for immediate mediation of the stress response and mindfulness for long-term resilience (Cunningham, Bartels, Grant, & Ralph, 2013; Kemper & Khirallah, 2015).