Finding internal peace and calm, escaping from the pressures and distractions of daily life, becoming centered, balanced, and grounded, and in only 10 minutes?  Yes, it is possible with brief meditation periods throughout the day.  Guest post (Infographic) to teach you the how and why of meditation.

Angry bosses, misbehaving children, environmental hazards, tense spouses, financial woes—constant exposure to daily stressors can add up and contribute to health issues, both major and minor. From neck and shoulder tension to high blood pressure and heart problems, chronic stress has a very negative impact on your body and mind. Learning to manage stress is key to getting your health back on track.

The first step is to remove anything that’s a major cause of stress. If you are unable to lessen or eliminate major stressors, regular exercise and meditation can help alleviate pressures and frustration. These key components of a stress-reduction plan have been found to help lower blood pressure, improve immune function, and help boost mental clarity, while reducing anxiety.

Finding the right exercise and meditative practice to help reduce stress is a matter of trial and error. Yoga is a popular exercise for stress-busting; running is another widely used option. As with types of work outs, finding the right “way” to meditate depends on the individual. If you’re just starting out, check out this straightforward infographic from Skin Energizer which shows the basics to getting started. Make adjustments to your practice until it suits your needs. Meditation is a mental exercise—and like any work out, the more you practice, the better you will become at it. Try meditation to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health.