Meditate the Stress Away
Did you know that stress is known as the silent killer? It’s time to give it a voice and let it go. There’s no need to hide it- bring out the dragon and slay it with the power of your mind!
Through meditation, you can learn to control not only your mind but also your body. Because most of the time, the stress response is completely unnecessary! What it IS necessary for: getting attacked, running for your life, etc. But it does not need to be utilized for everyday life.
Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which inhibits the fight or flight response from the nervous system. When this hormone is released, your body goes into survival mode. Some of these symptoms include:
- heart rate elevation
- body temperature rising
So, how do we want to feel?
Peaceful, calm, happy… perhaps those are some words that pop into mind.
Meditation helps activate the “rest and digest system” which is the opposite of the fight or flight response in the nervous system. Signs that this system is working include:
- lowered heart rate
- normal body temperature
- regular hydration
This means that meditation helps us adapt to stress in a better way. So the more you meditate, the more you can handle stress from daily life with ease. Meditation promotes less cortisol release during stress and during the practice itself, can boost melatonin, which helps regulate sleep.
These are all signs to be aware of to know that your body is functioning well. Ready to try a meditation?
Mindfulness is the act of bringing yourself into the present moment. Many people think meditation is too hard or impossible because they think they need to completely stop the mind. This is, however, not the case. We are human and meditation is simply a tool to observe the happenings of the mind.
Mindfulness meditation helps to redirect the mind whenever thoughts happen. Here are some steps you can take to try it out:
- Find a quiet place to sit comfortably without distraction
- Close your eyes and begin to notice your breathing. Where do you feel the breath inside your body? What does it feel like? Is there a quality to it? Just observe your breath.
- Whenever the mind wanders, bring it back to your breath. If the thoughts come, that’s okay. Acknowledge them, and then move on. Go back to noticing your breath.
- After 5-10 minutes, release any control of the mind and just observe how you feel.