A lot of people today really struggle with juggling work and personal life. And as a result, they become stressed and lack the energy to think better. That’s what stress does; it depletes you or robs you of the joy to live through life in a mindful and positive way. If you’re ready to gain control of your life back and regain order and joy, opting for mindfulness meditation is one strategy to try. Experts share some of their best stress-relieving moves and breathing exercises, so check them out here.
Try bringing your awareness to the physical sensation what stress feels like in your body, where do you feel it, how does your body tell you that it’s stressed rather than pushing stress away. Let your attention rest there with gentleness and kindness, noticing how stress is not static but moves closer and then further away as you bring your attention to it. Shift your attention to your feet. Assuming a comfortable posture, notice how your feet feel as they connect with the floor. You might notice pressure against certain parts of your feet. Be curious and open to this sensation. You might even take your shoes off to bring your awareness to the texture of the surface of the carpet, floor or grass under your feet. In doing this, you may notice that your mind slows down, stops racing, and stressful thoughts and feelings may subside.
Take a deep breath in and then release it slowly, noticing how your hands move with your diaphragm’s movement. Assume a comfortable posture which may be standing, sitting or lying down and place your hands on your tummy. Allow your hand to rest on your abdomen and continue breathing slowly and steadily, focusing your attention on the movement of your hands. This practice again connects us with our body and takes us out of our heads. Indeed, this is one effective way to relieve stress and be more productive at work and at home. Stress happens to everybody; different people just have different ways of managing it and mindfulness meditation, wellness professionals say, is one of the most effective ways to do it.