There is a good reason for using meditation to relax. Stress, and the tension associated with it, is very dangerous. When we experience it, our adrenaline increases, our blood
pressure goes up, and our bodies stop processing food and fighting illness until the trouble is dealt with.
This is why it can lead to high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, and a number of other health problems that we're rather not have. How we mitigate stress and make ourselves relax and feel safe once more, makes all the difference, which is why using meditation to teach ourselves to relax, even in the most tense situations, can literally save our lives.