How To Relax Deeply And Release Stress In Minutes With Isochronic Tones
Stress is epidemic in modern society, and is associated with a variety of mental and physical ills, from strokes and heart attacks to depression and anxiety disorders. And of course it also affects millions of people who don’t develop symptoms severe enough to be diagnosed by a doctor, but who are nonetheless feeling miserable and not functioning as well as they could.
Maybe you’re one of them, and are looking for ways to reduce stress in your life, and relax more? If so, read on, because brainwave entrainment technology can help you.
What Is Stress?
First, let’s back up a bit and take a quick look at exactly what stress is, and why it’s so vital to learn to relax, and to make time to do it.
Stress is a biological response to perceived threats in the environment. This response may include the production of adrenalin, muscular tension, anxiety, raised heart rate, heightened senses and other reactions typical of the ‘fight or flight’ response. While this is a useful response if you’re in a genuinely dangerous situation, such as your ancestors might have been when living among wild animals or enemy tribes, it isn’t usually appropriate in modern life.
Today we are exposed more to psychological stressors than physical ones, but the body’s response stays the same. A tongue lashing from the boss or a debt collection call from the bank might make us want to run away or land a punch, but these reactions aren’t going help.
Yet we still feel the anxiety, the tension and the other negative effects of stress when exposed to these kinds of events. And our physical and mental health suffer – as noted, stress is linked to a variety of diseases, such as heart disease and strokes, and it makes life unpleasant on a day to day basis too.
So short of running away to live in the wilderness, what can you do?
Stress-Relief and Relaxation Methods
The answer is firstly to eliminate stressors where possible. And secondly, to learn to deal more effectively with stress caused by the things you can’t control.
1. Eliminating sources of stress
These strategies will vary between individuals, since nobody’s lives are the same. Perhaps you could look for a less demanding job, reduce some of your social commitments and responsibilities (and learn to say ‘no’ if necessary), or clean up your diet (caffeine in particular over-stimulates the adrenal glands, and reducing or eliminating caffeine-containing drinks like coffee can help a lot).
2. Dealing effectively with your remaining stressors
There may be some things in your life that cause stress that just can’t be changed right away. If that’s the case, you can learn to deal with them so they don’t affect you too badly. One of the best ways to do this is to learn to consciously relax, and to commit to setting time aside for relaxation every day.
This may sound easy, but it can be surprisingly difficult, especially in today’s world where there’s always pressure to be more productive, and an endless source of distractions that keep us from taking time to switch off and go within. Also, most people have never really been taught to relax deeply. Many don’t even feel rested after a night’s sleep, since tension can remain in the body and mind during sleep if it’s not deliberately released.
Some people turn to pills for help; this isn’t an ideal solution as drugs can be physically addictive and cause problems of their own. Others look for distractions in the form of TV, web surfing etc, or develop ‘feel good’ addictive behaviours such as overeating. Again, these don’t really help, and just cause more stress in the long run.
Meditation can be useful, as can relaxation disciplines such as yoga or self-hypnosis. But many people can’t seem to slow down their minds enough to benefit from these – thoughts of work, money worries, health issues and all their other problems keep sneaking in. So just how do you relax properly if you just can’t seem to let go? Fortunately, brainwave entrainment technologies such as isochronic tones can help even the jumpiest monkey-mind.
What Is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave entrainment (which is also known as brainwave synchronisation or brainwave stimulation) basically involves exposing the brain to light or sound pulses – or other rhythmic stimuli – of specific frequencies. The brain has a natural tendency to ‘entrain’ to or match these frequencies by producing brainwaves of a similar frequency.
Certain states of awareness are associated with specific frequencies – for example, the theta brainwave range (4 – 8 Hz) is linked with deep meditation, whereas the brain predominantly produces brainwaves in the beta range (< 13 Hz) in normal waking consciousness. Brainwave synchronisation helps you to efficiently enter your desired state of consciousness at will, without having to spend years learning to master difficult mind control techniques.
There are three main sound-based brainwave entrainment technologies: binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. They involve listening to a recording with sounds of certain frequencies (depending on your desired state of consciousness), and the brain will tend to entrain to these. These work differently (read more about the differences between binaural, monaural and isochronic recordings), but all are effective. However, many people find that isochronic tones are better than the other methods, as they tend to work more quickly, and unlike binaurals, they don’t need headphones.
Using Brainwave Entrainment For Stress Relief And Relaxation
By listening to a brainwave stimulation recording that uses the appropriate frequencies, you may be able to take a ‘short cut’ to a deeply relaxed state, in the sense that you won’t have to spend months learning to meditate or master complex relaxation routines. A good recording will take you step by step into progressively deeper frequencies, as you become more and more relaxed. As you listen, your body will respond by releasing tension, and your mind will finally quieten down as thoughts of your problems fade away. Regular use of the recording can help you to cope better with everyday life and reduce or avoid the problems caused by excess stress.
If you’re going to use brainwave entrainment for relaxation, it’s important to select a high quality recording. While there are lots to choose from online, not all are very good, and you don’t want to waste your time. I suggest checking out the relaxation binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones from The Meditation Club, a highly reputable site which fully guarantees all their recordings. I’ve used their relaxation and general meditation recordings myself, with good results. You can also download some free samples to see what they’re like.