There comes a time in everyone’s life when the stresses of work, finances, relationships or family become overwhelming. When this occurs even the little things can seem like one more boulder on your shoulders and you simply can’t take anymore. And it always seems to happen at the worst time of the day too.
Close Your Eyes & Relax
In today’s world meditation is viewed from two perspectives, from the spiritual form of enlightenment and becoming one with spirit. If this type of meditation interests you, you may want to read The 5 Minute Alignment Meditation.
The other is through the eyes of mainstream medicine as a non-denominational practice that can relieve stress, improve blood flow, stimulate the immune system and create or enhance productivity.
Meditation from a non-spiritual sense has also been shown beneficial for relieving stress, improving health and increasing productivity. Over 300 hundred clinical studies here in the U.S., and thousands upon thousands of stress reduction programs throughout the world, attest to the usefulness of meditation for corporate professionals, blue collar workers, or for anyone who has stress in their life.
In 2008, a new study by Emory University researchers showed that those who practiced any form of Meditation had physiological changes that indicated lower stress levels. When presented with a stressful task, study subjects who practiced Meditation had lower levels of a stress hormone called cortisol compared to those who weren’t taught meditation methods. Lower stress levels have been linked to better immune function and lower rates of a variety of diseases, including depression and even cancer. Read more about Meditation As A Stress Reliever.
Be content and look at the gifts nature brings you. Through mind, body and spirit, as well as through the success of your work, you can be at ease if you allow yourself to be. Your garden is sprouting and growing, and it will be in full bloom by the spring. Don’t allow your past trepidations overshadow how far you’ve come since last year. Take a deep breath and relax. Spend your weekend on the things that are most important to you. Take a break and enjoy your moments of relaxation!
It doesn’t take a lot of time to relax. Sometimes you simply need 5 minutes to close your eyes, take in 3 deep cleansing breaths and give yourself time to release the “over” the limit stresses. Many are feeling over burdened, and that can mean all the little things that create temporary and unimportant frustrations feel like they’re piling on the big things.
Some people just need someone to talk to. That doesn’t mean solving their problem, it means being there in support to listen and allow them to let off steam. It doesn’t mean they’re trying to put their extra burdens on you. In most cases, they just need to “get it out” and talking is their way to “let it go”. Don’t belittle their stress, you may not know the full story of what’s going on. Don’t compare what they share with the great stress you’re under. Again, they may not be telling you about the giant boulder they’re holding on their shoulders.
If you don’t have someone to talk to, if you can’t get out and take a walk, or go to the gym, or even clean the house to release your frustration, then try a quick meditation. Don’t let the “last straw” send you over the edge. You’re going to be ok.