If you are like most people, you’re paying attention to what’s happening in the world today you are most likely looking for preventative measures to take such as washing your hands and staying away from large gatherings. While your attention is on staying healthy it’s hard to avoid the inevitable fact that stress and anxiety comes with this heightened attention to staying healthy. Moreover, many families are experiencing other anxieties and stressors such as job layoffs.
While we all have our own lives and stresses that come with it, the two most typical reasons for stress are usually from finances and work. Today, the most common reason everyone is stressed is due to the world-wide pandemic known as the coronavirus or COVID-19. Currently, as of the latest studies, over 360,000 people have become ill from the coronavirus and the death rate is over 10,000. These numbers can be overwhelming and take anyone into a spiral of stress and anxiety. The media is definitely not helping!
It’s important to understand that stresses change every day, and it’s crucial that we know how to handle them all as they’re happening. Since we know we can’t avoid them, we can at least learn to adapt and reduce the anxiety and stress.
Benefits of Meditation
If you have never tried meditation before, what better time to try it than when you’re stuck at home?
Meditation can benefit your emotional well-being and transfer over into your overall wellness by providing calming effects that produce peace and balance. If you are working from home or you’re an essential worker, we can all agree that we can get an overwhelming amount of information. We are learning new things everyday about this new virus, and new stressors come along with it such as: when will things get back to normal?
Meditation benefits your emotional well-being by helping you clear your mind. Additionally, it helps reduce negative emotions and increases your patience and tolerance. In times like these when we might not have the patience, we need to get through the work week or get through a day with our family and patience can go a long way!
Meditation can also help keep a positive mindset.According to Sala Horowtiz, “research demonstrates mindfulness based training can promote sensation of well-being and lead to long-lasting changes in cognition and emotion. Specifically, mental training has been found to enhance attentional performance.”
Medication Techniques to Help with Stress
1. Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness meditation gives you the opportunity to be completely present and aware of who we are and what we are doing. By training your brain to be more mindful, you can reprogram your emotional state of mind. You can practice mindful meditation daily through mindful moment practice, such as taking a moment to stop and breath when you get a text message before you jump to respond back or taking a moment before you jump into your morning emails at work. What is important is that you take a moment for yourself to breath and focus on what you are doing.
2. Guided Meditation or Guided Imagery
Guided Mediation allows you to form images mentally of situations or places that you find relaxing. With this meditation, you should try to use as many of your senses as possible to put yourself in those places you find most relaxing. Engulf yourself in this state of guided imagery by using smell, sound, sight and. This form of meditation is best with a guide or teachers. Nonetheless, once you get the hang of it you can do it on your own.
3. Qi Gong Meditation
This form of meditation usually combines relaxation, meditation, physical movement, and breathing techniques to help restore the body’s balance. A study by the Journal of Hypertension found that Qi Gong meditation had an effect in lowering blood pressure, which can be a sign of many health conditions and is an underlying cause of stress.
Ready to Try Meditation For A Stress-Free Life?
Even if you aren’t a believer, meditation is not something you need to believe in at first! It’s something you can try for yourself to see if it works for you. Stress isn’t simple and comes in different forms and frequencies. No matter how big or small your stress may be, we want to help you cope with it.
Meditation has proven to be effective for many people and we encourage you to give it a go during these stressful days we are living through. Taking a few minutes a day to practice meditation can go a long way to living a more balanced life.
At Doc Patels, our mission entails promoting a healthy lifestyle and we always want to be here to help you on that journey. We know how stressful these times can be so we hope our meditation to destressing can help. At Doc Patels we offer healthy solutions to destressing such as using CBD Oil tinctures for anxiety and stress along with other CBD infused products. If you haven’t tried CBD before for destressing or even meditation you can always book a consultation with Dr. Patel to go over how CBD can benefit you.