We all know that feeling: the to-do-list gets longer and longer, your workload piles up, friends are neglected and you just want to drop everything and lock yourself in your apartment. Stress is inevitable and we all respond to it differently. The key is finding ways to handle it, because your days won’t get any longer and the bills won’t stop coming.
There are many different ways to handle stress and just a short Google search gives you many tips on how to decrease it. Advice that seems to repeat itself such as doing yoga, drink more tea, meditate and exercise. We want to talk more about meditation. I guess you snorted a little just now. Nothing for you huh? But as a matter of fact meditation is getting more and more common these days, even though it still seems weird for some. You just sit there, eyes closed and do… nothing? But did you know that meditating for a few minutes can restore your calm and inner peace?
In everyday life your mind is constantly processing impressions, emotions and thoughts, and when you meditate you narrow your focus, calm your mind and stimulate the nervous system. A considerable amount of research has shown that meditation has benefits on our mental health, including a reduction of depression, an increase in emotional positivity and ability to deal with stress. Meditation is actually said to be one of the most effective forms of stress reduction. Reason enough to try if you ask me!
So, do you feel up for it? If you do, we recommend you to try Headspace. Headspace is meditation made simple and can easily be downloaded to your phone. It guides you through some simple ten minutes a day meditation. I was introduced to Headspace at work and have used it from time to time. Some like to meditate every day, I on the other hand find it more efficient to do it when I feel stress building up and life throws me a challenge or two. Honestly, I still feel weird sometimes when I sit there with my eyes closed, but it makes me feel relaxed and gives me the focus I need to embrace the day.
If you decide to try it, let us know what you think and if it helped by commenting below.
By: Henriette Danielsen