How Meditation Helps us Manage Stress and Anxiety

I know I am not alone in managing life with anxiety. 

Being in a state of chronic anxiety can severely limit your wellbeing and general productivity.  Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting close to 40 million adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Many of these people do not receive treatment.  

Anxiety has been apart of my daily life since I was a kid, I have found difficult to verbalize or summarize what I feel at times.

This past year I hit a breaking point when I was balancing a full time job and night school. My busy schedule gave way to an unbearable level of anxiety that ultimately lead to me getting very sick the week before my final portfolio was due. We have all been there, cramming for tests or a deadline. What usually happens after weeks of high stress? you get sick! I KNEW THIS.

But still I let it happen, that is when I realized I needed to slow down and focus on my health.

matthew-henry-58760-unsplash.jpgIn life we are always going to fall down, what is more important is that we get back up, and try something new when the current routine isn’t serving you.

Meditation seemed like a great first step towards greener grass if you know what I mean.

“Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. ” Psychology Today

“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.” Buddha

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Mediation Can Help You

Manage Stress

Reduce Anxiety

Boost Immune System

Improve Sleep

Reduce Alcohol Cravings

Improve Decision Making

Promote Self-Awareness

Like, wowzer. Some real awesome benefits here. But why does it seem so challenging or almost boring to start?

Really just like starting anything new, making a change IS HARDER than staying in a routine. Here are some free resources to make getting started that much easier. 🙂

How to meditate
  • Sit or lie comfortably.
  • Close your eyes
  • Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  • Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

You will probably experience some of these thoughts

“My thoughts won’t stop.”

“This is so damn boring.”

“I can’t tell if it’s working.”

How To Mediate

 free trial – HeadSpace

 free trial – Calm

“Any practice that can evoke the relaxation response is of benefit, be it meditation, yoga, breathing, or repetitive prayer. There is no reason to believe that one is better than the other. The key is repetition, but the repetition can be a word, sound, mantra, prayer, breathing, or movement.” WebMD

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