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Two-Minute Stress Relief

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Jun 22, 2016
Two-Minute Stress Relief

A year can change everything, and so can 120 seconds.

We are constantly being bombarded by aspects of our lives that weigh us down. We take the stress from or jobs to create further stress at home causing a series of negative events that could often be avoided.

We already found out that going through a mid-life crisis  has become more popular amongst 30-somethings and it’s mostly attributed to stress. Therefore, it’s no doubt that we’ve allowed external factors to have such a huge impact on our internal affairs and well-being.

The question then becomes, how do we cope with the pressures of life without allowing it to control us? You see, everyone deals with obstacles in different ways, and while some are fortunate enough to be able to handle it with grace, there are others who have not yet mastered the art of handling stress correctly.

However, there is an answer that will not require much out of you, but will introduce light to any dark circumstances: Meditation.

There has been much talk about the healing power of meditation, just ask these celebrities On the flip side, there are many myths about meditation as well that have allowed people to assume that it is not something they could do.

However, meditation is a spiritual act that will ultimately allow you to live a stress-free life. According to Mind Body Green, “when we meditate, we release feel-good hormones like oxytocin and serotonin.” Our immune system is improved, and our heart rate and blood pressure will normalize as well.

Another reason stress can affect us lies in the way we handle it. Often we react in the moment rather than taking the time to consciously think about the right way to respond. However, when we meditate, it allows us to make deliberate decisions that will be helpful as a result of attaining clarity and calmness through mediation.

Here’s how just a few seconds of meditation can ease your anxiety and help with your overall mental health:

  • Gives us clarity – Poor decision making is usually the result of being overwhelmed with the multiple situations you may be facing. After meditating, your mind will become clear, and you’ll be able to focus on making the right choices.
  • Change of Perspective – Meditation will motivate us to see the bigger picture at all times. Most times when we’re in a high-pressure situation, we tend to focus on all the negative aspects as opposed to seeking out positivity. However, when we meditate, it will allow us to look beyond our present struggle and make the necessary steps to overcome it.
  • Allows us to pause – If you’ve ever been in a heated disagreement when you’re going back and forth with a person and saying things you probably will regret, meditation may be right up your alley. Mediation ultimately makes you stop for a minute and just breathe, think, and clear our minds in order to formulate appropriate responses that won’t dig us in an even deeper hole.
  • Releases negativity – Stress has a way of making you zoom in on the destructive phases we go through. If we’re not careful, handling stress incorrectly could be detrimental for our mental health. Taking the time to meditate daily will put you in a better state of mind and leave you feeling peaceful even in the midst of hardships, and that my friend, is when you know you’ve mastered the art of coping with stress.

“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” – Alan Watts

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