Here’s another instant stress busting tip for you….try meditation to reduce stress. You can implement this anytime or anywhere. As a matter of fact, give it a shot as soon as you read about them! This way you can take note of what works best for you and implement it whenever the stress becomes overwhelming.
Give meditation a try. I’m sure you’ve probably heard of meditation, but have you actually tried it? It’s really much simpler than you might think. Once you get a little practice with it, you can do it no matter where you are. Every little bit helps. Even taking a minute or two in the midst of a stressful situation can be very helpful.
But to get the most relaxation and stress reduction benefits, you should make it a part of your daily routine.
Meditation to Reduce Stress
There are many different types of meditations you can explore. One of the easiest places to start (and my personal favorites) are either guided meditations or breathing meditations. For guided meditation you should investigate apps like Calm, Abide or Headspace on your smartphone or tablet.
All of these have free daily guided meditations you can use to give it a try. Each app also has a paid option for even lengthier meditation practices. This is probably the best option for you if you enjoy the daily practice of this type of meditation. The meditations will gradually get longer and more intense. I like to use the body scans and sleep stories on hard days.
Another easy meditation to try is breathing meditation. I love it because it’s so flexible and something that can be done at any time once you know the basics. To begin with, sit or lay down in a comfortable in a quiet space. It may be helpful to use your headset for this!
While you do your first few breathing practices, you’ll want to cut out as many distractions as possible. Close your eyes and focus your entire mind on your breath. Pay attention to how the air feels flowing in and out of your nose. Or focus on the rising and falling of your abdomen as you breathe. The idea is to tune out everything else and only think about and feel your breath. Guided meditations are the best way to do this, or your mind will probably wander.
If you struggle with “monkey mind”, you’re not alone.When that happens, gently bring your focus back to your breath. Start by meditating this way for five minutes per day and gradually work your way up to a level you’re comfortable with.
Make meditation a daily habit and also do it for 30 seconds or a minute or two whenever you find yourself in a tense and stressful situation.
Remember, any type of daily activity can be done mindfully and meditatively. For example, when you’re driving in your car, keep the radio off for a few minutes and take a few mindful breaths. When you’re cooking for your family or cleaning in the kitchen, keep yourself in the moment and try not to let your thoughts wander to whatever may have happened earlier in the day or the week. Get outside for a few minutes and be fully present (don’t look at your phone!)
Practicing meditation is a great way to build some margin into your day. We all need some space with the daily influx of information that we all have to process every day.
Do you have a favorite meditation tip or technique? How do you work it into your day?