The benefits of guided meditation for stress management

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If you’re feeling an inordinate amount of stress during these troubled times but aren’t sure how to manage your stressors, guided meditation could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Practising meditation can be a little challenging in the beginning and if you are a beginner, then you might not know where to start. Guided meditation tracks take you through certain steps and instruct you how to clear your mind by focusing your attention on a thought or activity, such as your breathing.

The current global pandemic has resulted in many economic, financial, and personal adversities that we must overcome as individuals and as members of the wider global community. Apart from taking precautionary measures to protect our physical wellbeing from the virus itself, we must also be mindful of our mental wellbeing.

In times of crisis, it’s not only easy but entirely understandable to feel panic, anxiety, stress, hopelessness, and experience the effects of a negative mindset, which can be debilitating.  

As Michael Bunting, the founder of Awakened Mind, puts it, “your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy in the next few weeks and months”. Just a few minutes of guided meditation each day can give you a sense of calm and inner peace that will help you navigate stressful situations without feeling overwhelmed.


Guided meditation teaches you how to meditate

Guided meditation is a great resource for both beginners and those who practise meditation regularly. In these uncertain times, if you find yourself stressed because of your work from home situation, self-isolation, quarantine or lockdown, focusing your mind will be a much more difficult challenge.

Awakened Mind specialises in providing mindfulness resources that include Neurosync™, the world’s most advanced brainwave entrainment solution. It uses sound technologies that tune your brainwaves and puts you in the state of mind you seek. The app also includes a vast portfolio of guided meditation tracks for its users to access and benefit from.


It promotes positive thinking

Studies demonstrating the benefits of meditation reported that this type of meditation decreased depression in over 4,600 adults. Those who meditate also show considerable change in brainwave activity in areas relating to positive thinking and optimism.

While guided meditation can’t completely eliminate the stress in your life, it can prepare you, mentally and physically, to face them yourself without feeling overwhelmed.

In times of crisis, guided meditation can help you focus on the good and maintain a positive outlook.

Guided meditation can improve sleep

Stressful situations often have spillover effects on the rest of our lives that can lead to insomnia or an inability to fall asleep.

Among many other side effects, sleep deprivation can have a disastrous effect on your overall mood, immunity, and nervous system. It’s important for you to be both physically and mentally strong in times of hardship and remember that your body needs rest to keep you healthy. You are more susceptible to stressful stimuli when you are tired.

Guided meditation helps clear your mind of the stress and the information taking up space in your brain, which is probably making you anxious as well. By meditating for a few minutes before going to bed, you can get high-quality sleep and get good rest.


Meditation facilitates greater self-awareness 

Self-awareness is a deep and insightful understanding of yourself that helps you become more aware of who you are and how you react to external stimuli.

Guided meditation develops your self-awareness by allowing you to recognise your thought processes and be more in control of them. This control ultimately allows you to steer your thinking in productive ways that are constructive to your growth.

When you are self-aware, you become better at understanding how to deal with stress more effectively, in ways that are personally meaningful to you. This, in turn, improves your performance at work, improves communication, and enhances confident decision-making.

Guided meditation is a doorway to stress management, self-awareness, and peace of mind - all factors that can help us get through this period of turmoil.

How Awakened Mind can help you

Awakened Mind pioneers the most technologically advanced meditation app on the market. It helps you make meaningful differences to your life and not just enjoy momentary relief from stress and anxiety.