Do you carry around a lot of stress in your life? If you answered “yes”, you are not alone!
Many times, for one reason or another, we suffer from some kind of stress, whether it’s job related, your home life, or circumstances beyond your control. My way of dealing with stress is through eating nutrient rich foods and exercising with weights or doing cardio, but WAIT…there’s an ADDITIONAL WAY to help deal with stress!
My Mind Is Constantly Thinking!
These days, we all hear about meditation. It’s supposed to help with stress. I don’t know if YOUR mind is go go go all the time, but MINE IS, which can sometimes cause anxiety.
We know it’s important to live in the moment or “Mindfully”, BUT many times, we hear or read about meditating for AN HOUR A DAY! Well, even if you had a spare hour a day, would you MEDITATE?
What does “Meditate” Mean?
Meditation doesn’t necessarily require sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, and you don’t need to burn incense. Meditation is a way of relaxing your mind and body and turning off the outside world, even if it’s only for a short time. You can do it from anywhere!
Why should you meditate? According to a Place for Mom , Meditation can improve longevity, decrease loneliness, may slow Alzheimer’s, and improve your mood! To me, these all seem like GREAT reasons to give it a try!
Just 5 Minutes
What would happen if “I” dedicated 5 minutes a day to meditation? You gotta start somewhere, right? I looked online and found a number of 5 minute guided meditation videos and bookmarked them. I can actually just sit at my desk and “DO THIS”!
Put In On Your Calendar!
The next thing I did was add it as a recurring (5 minute) daily appointment to my online calendar to repeat every day at the same time, with an alert to remind me. I thought if I made this part of my daily routine, it JUST MIGHT WORK!
Guess what? I’ve done it several times now and it’s pretty cool. Yes, my mind still wanders, but when I notice that, I just bring it back to focusing on my breathing. I’m not perfect, but getting the hang of it. It’s a learning process and takes time.
Pretend It Feels Good!
After I started the process of daily meditation, I went to my scheduled dental cleaning appointment. I think many of us, would rather be doing something else, right? Normally, I hate these because I have one bad nerve in my mouth that they hit every time. I usually clench my teeth the whole time and end up with a headache.
When I sat in the chair, I decided I was just going to relax and enjoy. I thought to myself, I’m going to pretend this feels good.
I Relaxed Through Entire Dental Appointment!
Guess what? I realaxed through the entire appointment and afterwards, no headache. Now…I’m not sure if it had anything to do with my daily meditation routine, but it seems pretty coincidental. Now, if I could get through an MRI with contrast, that would be really something, wouldn’t it?
According to Andy Puddicombe in the TED talk below, we can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way we experience it.
I’m hoping to eventually graduate to 10 minutes one day. Sometimes it takes YEARS to graduate to an hour. Baby steps, right?
Do YOU meditate daily? How has it helped you in your life? Please comment!