Mental Health, Spiritual Health, Wellness

Decompressing Yourself

Have you felt like a tightly stretched rubber band, ready to break at the slightest increase in tension? Every little noise just grates your nerves. The thought of your ever-growing To-Do list causes you to have a mental meltdown. Kids, husband, work, and community responsibilities pull at you from every which way but loose.

And you’re desperately looking for the light at the end of the darkest tunnel…

My friend, you are not alone.

With today’s myriad of activities, technological activities, and general “noise,” it’s more important than ever to find the calmness in the storm. More and more people are finding themselves on medication to treat ailments that can be linked to increased stress. (DISCLAIMER: I am not against medication. There is a time and place for medicine, and I am very thankful for that! I myself am on an anti-depressant to control my mental illness.)

In my various therapy sessions, I have learned the best way to help myself mentally – and, in turn, physically – is by meditation. I talked about meditation in my Facebook Live chat the other day. (If you missed it, you can watch the replay here.) This may be a little too “New Age” for some, but I really encourage you to try it.

Here’s how:

*Sit in a quiet room – either on the floor, criss-cross-applesauce, or in a chair with your feet firmly on the floor. Let your hands rest gently on your knees.

*Focus – close your eyes and focus your attention to your breathing…the way it feels when you inhale and then exhale. Should you find yourself thinking about your to-do list, acknowledge that thought (like, “Hello, Thought!”) and then bring your attention back to your breathing. Don’t judge yourself for getting distracted. Over time, it will get better.

Meditation doesn’t have to be hours and hours. Sometimes the most effective meditation I’ve had has been as little as 5 minutes. You can do that during your lunch break, before getting the kids, before bed, or whenever you need a quick decompress.

Try meditating this week and let me know how it effects your mental state.