Stress has become an inevitable part of modern life. Whether it’s due to work pressure, personal issues, or simply the fast-paced nature of modern life, stress affects us all. While stress can sometimes be a motivator, too much of it can have negative effects on our health and well-being.  Traditional approaches to managing stress often involve finding ways to reduce or eliminate stressors. However, increasing relaxation levels to reduce stress is an effective alternative.

Think of it this way: if the room is too hot, bringing in cold air (air conditioning) is a better way to reduce heat than trying to pump out the hot air. Similarly, increasing relaxation is a better approach to managing stress and promoting overall well-being. This approach emphasizes increasing relaxation, rather than solely focusing on reducing stressors.

We will explore the benefits of increasing relaxation to reduce stress in this blog and discuss various techniques, such as mindfulness, meditation, intermittent silence, and yoga, that can help increase relaxation and reduce stress. We will also examine how increasing relaxation can help us align with our surroundings and achieve a sense of harmony with the universe.

Why Increasing Relaxation Is Better Than Simply Reducing Stress.

Reducing stress is undoubtedly important. However, focusing solely on reducing stressors can be challenging, as many stressors are outside our control. Moreover, some stressors are necessary, such as the stress of a challenging job or a competitive sports event. In such cases, reducing stress may not be possible or even desirable.

Increasing relaxation, on the other hand, is a more sustainable and effective way to manage stress. By increasing relaxation, we create an environment that promotes calmness and peace, which can help us better manage stress. Furthermore, increasing relaxation can have long-term benefits for our overall health and well-being.  When we are relaxed, our body releases hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for promoting a sense of well-being. Additionally, relaxation techniques can help lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension, which can result in decreased stress levels.

Our bodies and minds are in a state of balance, which allows us to better cope with stress when we are in a relaxed state. Our breathing is slow and deep, which helps to reduce the physiological response to stress. Additionally, we are less likely to react impulsively to stressors, which can prevent us from exacerbating the stress, when we are more relaxed.

Intermittent silence can help increase relaxation. 

Intermittent Silence involves taking short breaks throughout the day to disconnect from technology and external stimuli. This break allows you to refocus your thoughts, improve concentration, and reduce stress levels.  I have been talking about taking short breaks for some time; I’m happy to see corroboration of this idea by a recent Microsoft research.

In April 2021, Microsoft Research published a study suggesting that our brains require regular breaks throughout the workday to maintain optimal cognitive function.

The research showed three main takeaways.

1. Breaks between meetings allow the brain to “reset,” reducing a cumulative buildup of stress across meetings.

2. Back-to-back meetings can decrease your ability to focus and engage.

3. Transitioning between meetings can be a source of high stress.

The Benefits of Mindfulness for Increasing Relaxation

Mindfulness is a classically explained as a technique that involves focusing one’s attention on the present moment without judgment. However, understanding our mind is crucial to knowing mindfulness. Mind in our concept is made up of minding and mindfulness.

Minding is what we are most familiar with – it’s the main job of our mind. I suggest that we have a friendly relationship with our mind and not call it names like “money mind” or something else. It is something that is going to be with us all our lives, if not even beyond our lifetimes. Minding has brought us to when our civilization is and deserves all the credit that it gets. Minding can be in the past, the future and of course the present.

Mindfulness, on the other hand can only be in the present. It’s like a camcorder or a camera. It starts recording once you turn it on. Mindfulness and awareness are the key to knowing ourselves. It is a powerful tool for increasing relaxation and reducing stress. The benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Improved self-awareness: By practicing mindfulness, we become more aware of our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This increased self-awareness can help us recognize when we are becoming stressed and take steps to calm ourselves.
  • Reduced anxiety: Mindfulness has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as worry and rumination. By practicing mindfulness regularly, we can develop a greater sense of inner calm and peace.
  • Improved concentration: Mindfulness can help improve our concentration and focus. This can be especially beneficial in high-pressure situations, such as work deadlines or public speaking.

There are many ways to practice mindfulness, such as mindful breathing, mindful safety, body scan meditation, and mindful walking. We can increase relaxation and reduce stress by incorporating mindfulness into our daily routine,.

The Benefits of Meditation for Increasing Relaxation

Meditation is another powerful tool for increasing relaxation and reducing stress. It involves sitting quietly and focusing one’s attention on a specific object or phrase. You are sitting silently with deeper awareness. Osho says “You are blissfully unaware of your awareness” The benefits of meditation include:

  • Reduced stress: Meditation has been shown to reduce the physiological response to stress, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. By regularly practicing meditation, we can build resilience to stress and promote overall well-being.
  • Improved mood: Meditation can help improve our mood and reduce symptoms of depression. By cultivating a sense of inner calm and peace through meditation, we can better cope with life’s challenges.
  • Improved sleep: Meditation has been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce symptoms of

Yoga is another practice that can help increase relaxation. Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to help you achieve a state of relaxation and calm. Regular practice of yoga has been shown to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and improve overall well-being.

Increasing relaxation can also help you feel more connected to your surroundings and the universe at large. When you are relaxed, you are more in tune with your body and mind, allowing you to align yourself with the universe. The stars are more likely to be aligned with you when you are in a relaxed state.

It is important to note that some stress can coexist with higher levels of relaxation. It’s never one or the other. However, by increasing relaxation, you can better manage stress and improve your overall well-being.

In conclusion, increasing relaxation is a more effective approach to reducing stress levels than solely focusing on stress reduction. Mindfulness, meditation, intermittent silence, and yoga are all techniques that can help increase relaxation. By prioritizing relaxation, you can achieve a state of calm and reduce stress levels, resulting in improved well-being and overall quality of life.


  • Krishna Bhatta


    Relax LLC

    Krishna Bhatta, MD, FRCS is an author, surgeon and an inventor, currently working as chief of urology at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.  Dr. Bhatta began his life in a small Indian village, attended Patna Medical College in India, continued his education in the UK, and then completed his research & medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Bhatta is equal parts practical and spiritual. Born in a small village in India to a father, PhD from London School of Economics, who knew the 700-verse Gita by heart, he developed an early fascination with spiritual studies. His lectures, writings, podcasts, songs, and video talks on Gita, Krishna, and other spiritual topics are based on his personal journey and experiences, as well as a lifetime of exploring spiritual texts, giving him a unique understanding and perspective.

    He is founder CEO of a wellness and meditation app - Relax Infinity (formerly Relaxx) which strives to be the wellness destination of the world. It connects Patanjali's science of consciousness with Einstein's art of swimming in silence.  Wellness is an infinite journey and a life long pursuit.