The easiest way to calm down when you can’t meditate…
A lot of people think you must have the perfect conditions to enjoy the benefits of meditation but in fact meditation can be done anywhere and in many forms.
Stress is a huge part of our lives if we allow it to be, which most of the time stress is unavoidable. So, managing stress and learning to meditate throughout your day can have huge benefits on our health, mindset and the way we live our lives.
Now throughout our days, at work or at home, we so often don’t stop when we get stressed, angry, overwhelmed or anxious. We either don’t have time or the right ‘conditions’ to stop, breathe and switch off for a moment. So, it’s important we find meditative ways to lower stress levels and anxiety so we can function at our best and flow through our days.
All meditation really is, is the practice of focus and concentration to stay in the present moment. In the present moment stress and anxiety doesn’t exist. So, I am going to give you 2 tools to use when those stressful moments arise throughout your day and you don’t have the luxury of sitting on a mediation cushion, closing your eyes and reciting mantras…
The first one is straight forward and can also help to sharpen your awareness of your environment and help you to mindfully focus on the task at hand….
When you feel stressed or anxious, pause for a moment and because aware of;
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can touch
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste
Using your senses alerts you to how you feel in the present moment. You become more aware of your surrounding and how it feels to be present. It also gives you mind a focus to concentrate on other than your stress and anxiety.
After this you should feel calmer.
The second tool is to simply count your breath. You don’t need to change your breath in anyway but simply count every inhale and exhale up to a count to ten. Inhale, one, exhale, two, inhale, threes etc. As soon as your mind wonders and you lose your count, start back at number one. Then you get from one to ten you should find you feel calmer, your breath may have slower down and you’re less stressed about what was stressing you out.
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