Five Days to a Calmer You: Day One
--In this week-long series, “Five Days to a Calmer You,” I’m talking routine. Simple practices that you can consider adding to your daily self-care routine. Ways to find your center and strengthen your stress baseline.
Stress will come and go. A routine will help you to maintain a healthier and more resilient version of you so that when stress happens, you don’t swing as high in those stressful states.
A self-care routine can help to create a healthier stress baseline; engaging in activities for optimal whole health; mind, body, and spirit.--
Day One: Meditation
Meditation is embraced by the scientific and spiritual communities alike. Around for thousands of years and proven to work for emotional and physical wellness.
Full disclosure. Before I started my self-care and self-discovery journey, I would say, “I can’t meditate. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.” Question, where do you think I got with that mindset? Answer, nowhere.
I stayed stressed, overwhelmed, and determined that calming practices like meditation would never work for me. I was wrong. I just hadn’t found meditation that worked for me. And, I didn’t give myself the opportunity to practice it.
In meditation, you learn to quiet the mind, not silence it. It is a time to process your day in active and/or passive ways. Day-to-day life fills your head with stressors, to-do items, worries, etc. And with a focus on those, we block ourselves from creative thinking, gratitude, and peace. Meditation gives you the opportunity to make space for those more enjoyable and productive spaces.
NOTE: Meditation doesn’t have to take a lot of time! You can start with five minutes per day. Breathing exercises, visualization, mantras, body scans, mindfulness, etc.
My request for you…try it. Regular meditation is an amazingly effective way to calm yourself and create a healthier stress baseline. Here are some resources to get you started…
Check out this article from Mayo Clinic to learn so much more about mediation as a topic.
Here’s this awesome page from mindful.org for learning how to meditate:
Or, do you just want to jump in and give it shot now? Search “five minute guided meditation” on YouTube and push play on one that catches your eye.
If you have questions, reach out. And come back tomorrow for Day Two. 💛