Meditating Your Way To A Less Stressful Day. We all experience stress on a daily basis, no one is immune and in fact there are even benefits to many forms of stress. As Spencer Rathus puts it in “Psychology: Concepts and Connections,” “some stress is healthy and necessary to keep us alert and occupied.” Learning how to live with and process stress will allow you to live a healthier happier life.How We Think About Stress Makes a Difference.
It turns out that our perception of our stress levels can really impact our health and wellbeing. It’s not just the actual stress, it’s how we think about it. Earlier this year, the Huffington Post reported on a study by Ohio University that described how stressing about our stress can increase inflammation (c-protein levels), making it harder for the body to properly heal. Basically, the more we dwell on negative or stressful events, that worse it is for us. Late last year, an American Journal of Cardiology study analyzed perceptions of stress effecting health and it’s potential relationship to incident coronary heart disease. All the more reason to take control of your stress.Get Acquainted with Meditation.
One of the simplist ways to reduce your stress levels low is meditation. People often think that learning how to start meditating is some sort of mystical, difficult, herculean task, but it’s really one of the easiest things a person can do. Even the most stressed-out type-A person can learn to quiet their mind and meditate in order to lower their stress. Simply put, meditation involves making yourself comfortable and clearing your mind. Of course, there are variants of this; certain religious meditation involves chanting, for example, and certain Zen practices involve holding certain poses. If you’re just meditating for yourself, though, there’s no need for any of that; you just need to learn to sit quietly and relax for a moment, and at it’s basic level, that’s all that meditation is.Anyone Can Do It.
I have a long on and off relationship with meditation. It’s always been extremely valuable for me to clear my mind and allow mental space for me to process all that goes on in my life. it’s just so easy to let other activities get in the way of blocking out the time to meditate. I’ve come to the conclusion that you don’t need to expect mastery in your meditation, in fact, that is probably counter-productive. you don’t event need to meditate for a long period of time to experience the benefits. Learning to keep your stress levels low is an important part of leading a healthy, happy life.Start With 5 Minutes a Day.
Having a daily five to ten minute meditation session is probably ideal for ideal for the average modern day individual. An arrangement like this isn’t too much of a commitment, as five to ten minutes out of your day really isn’t that much time at all. Additionally, this amount of time is more than enough for you to really get into the proper mindset and clear your headspace. It’s advisable to try and find somewhere quiet, away from where you “do things”. You should also try to either be alone or be around others who are meditating; perhaps you could turn meditating into some sort of group activity for friends and family. After all, being around other relaxed people tends to make you more relaxed as well. Once you find an area and time in which to meditate, simply stay still, relax, and attempt to clear your mind of all thoughts.Don’t Try Too Hard.
Some people may take straight to meditation, but others may find the activity more difficult. Some people, for example, may find it difficult to actually empty their mind; they’re so busy racing around during the day that they’re unable to slow down and relax. If you are one of these people, it may be possible that you’re trying too hard; it’s important to just sit back and lose yourself in the moment. Listening to music, nature sounds, or even just white noise might be helpful as well. The brain can’t process all that much at once, so using sounds as a sort of focal point to teach yourself to meditate can be very effective.
Meditation is an effective stress-reduction technique that can help lead anyone and everyone to a healthier, happier life. If you feel the need to reduce your stress levels, you are strongly encouraged to begin meditating your way to a less stressful day. Let me know what what works for you and any suggestions you have to reduce stress..