Alleviate Stress Through Meditation
We are all there right now – time seems to have shrunk, and you feel overwhelmed with staying well, millions of activities that you need to get done, project deadlines approaching, changes in education… So how can you de-stress and calm your mind in order to focus and get things done? In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’ve rounded up some easy ways you can get started on meditation. Proven to help reduce anxiety and stress, meditation relaxes the mind and the body. Here are a few tips to help.
- Practice mindfulness
If you haven’t tried meditating before, it can be helpful to include periods of mindfulness into your day. Simply take 2-3 minutes to sit quietly and observe everything around you and your current state of being. You can also practice this while doing active movements, such as eating. Consciously thinking about what you are doing helps you to live in the moment and puts anxiety and stress out of your mind.
- Start small
Begin with a short session of 5 minutes. Once you are comfortable with that, move to 10 or 15 minutes until you reach 30 minute meditations. With practice, this type of meditation becomes easier and more effective.
- Avoid distractions
If you can, choose a spot to meditate where you won’t be distracted. It should be a calm and quiet place where you can sit comfortably. This will help you to focus your mind and body.
- Try a guided meditation
There are many apps today that allow you to practice meditation through your phone. Headspace is a great resource for those who want to try guided meditations, and they even offer meditation courses on Stress management to practice building up your skills.