Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. When you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to stress. Full article available here.

Using the STOP acronym can be very helpful when feelings of anxiety arise:

  • S: Stop. When you notice that you are feeling anxious and you need a moment: stop.
  • T: Take a breath. Take a breath, pause, feel your feet on the ground.
  • O: Observe what is happening inside yourself. Does your stomach hurt? Is your heart racing? Bring yourself back to the moment.
  • P: Proceed with more awareness of yourself and what will help you. Connecting with a friend, or having some daily quiet time outdoors, can help.

Other meditation techniques include:

  • Breathe: Take a moment every day to do some slow, deep breathing.
  • Nature: Being in nature is one of the most grounding elements that we have.
  • Shaking: Stand up and shake your arms, legs and feet for a minute or two. You will feel a little bit calmer, lighter and happier, may even smile and giggle.
  • Visualization: You can create anything in your mind. Imagine yourself walking in a forest. Imagine the sounds of nature, the feel of running water, the smell of lemon verbena. All of these sensations will bring you back to a better state.

Links to short guided meditation:

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