Stress Awareness Month: Tips for Meditation
Relieve stress naturally no matter where you are with meditation.
Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Chances are you are aware of your stress just about every day (We know we are!), but being at the start of a new season with new life and beginnings, April is a good time to take steps to do something about your stress. You might not be able to get rid of those deadlines, rush hour traffic, and pesky bosses, but you can at least learn to put all of that on mute for a few minutes a day!
Meditation is a free, easy, and natural way to help reduce stress, increase focus, help you sleep (making it easier to cut down on future stress), and so much more. Meditation helps you to find the stress-relief solution within yourself, meaning you can find that balance no matter where you are without special tools, other people, medication or anything else. And meditation has been proven to affect brain waves, so as new-agey as it might feel, just like exercise for your body, there’s scientific proof touting its benefits.
Meditation can take just a minute, or you can devote more time to it, depending on your needs and ability to focus. One of the first things to remember about meditation is that it is not about judging yourself or comparing yourself to others! In a busy, hectic world, it’s hard for many of us to quiet our minds, so do what you can, practice, and let the relaxation in.
Other tips for integrating mediation into your life to help reduce stress:
- Find a type of meditation that works for you. Everyone is different; for some people walking or running is a place of meditation while others must sit in a quiet room, while others find meditation in prayer or yoga. Ask around for suggestions on favorite mediation recordings and websites.
- Start with short periods of simple meditation time, a few minutes, and work your way up if you choose to. Learn to focus on the breath, breathing in and out in slow, measured breaths.
- Consider finding a local group mediation at a yoga studio, if you feel like that setting would work for you.
- Don’t give up. Remember, regular meditation, even in small doses, has the power to change your brain and your life for the better.
Let’s face it, ladies. The world around you isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, and at the end of the day, you can often only control your own reaction to stresses. Meditation is just one step you can take to taking control of your days and not letting stress overwhelm you.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On April 22, 2016