More Simple Stress Relief

Slow down!

We live in such a fast-paced world, sometimes we can get caught up in the rush.  And our mental and physical health can be affected.

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In case you missed last week’s post, we discussed some of the factors that affect our wellbeing.  You can catch up here.

Because of all these factors, most people tend to live in the past, regretting what has happened.  Or they live in the future, always trying to plan for the next thing.

These, in turn, cause either depression or anxiety.

Sometimes we all just need to slow down and relax.  Live in the moment.

Did you know that some studies suggest we check our smartphones at least 150 times every day?

Try putting the phone down for just a few minutes a day, and meditate.

What is meditation?

Here’s what Chastity Garcia, one of the Club’s massage therapists and yoga instructor, has to say about it.

Life is a series of breaths.  Naturally, we all must continue breathing to survive.

Each breath constitutes a moment.

Meditation is the gap between the breaths.  Between the moments.

It is focusing on one thing at a time, and letting everything else is our crazy w

orld take a back seat for a while.

Someone who has a routine of meditation can control those depressing or anxious thoughts.

They tend to experience more peace and calm in their lives, even amid the daily hustle and bustle.

And because they have a routine of slowing down and being able to focus, also tend to be more productive in their work lives.  They aren’t pulled in a hundred directions, and they are able to direct their energy and attention toward what matters.

So, how do we meditate?

Of course, there’s no “one size fits all” method.  There are as many methods as there are people.

The important thing is to be able to slow down and focus your attention.  Remember, you’re not shutting off your brain.  You’re just giving it focus.

Here are some suggestions:

Find a calm, quiet place, and have a seat.  If you’re at work, maybe just close your office door.  Or hang a “do not disturb” sign outside your cubicle.

Put both feel squarely on the ground and sit up straight.

Close your eyes and focus on the connection between your feet and the ground.

Pause.

Now focus on your breath.  One at a time.  Focus on each one, and obtain a steady rhythm.

You can also focus on individual muscle groups.  Are your shoulders sore?  Fo

cus on your shoulders.  Be aware of them, and relax them.

Release the tension.

Some people like to focus on a sound, or mantra.  Maybe repeat a phrase over and over.

Do this for 10-15 minutes a day and soon you will start noticing its lasting benefits.

But don’t be discouraged if it’s hard at first.  You’re not used to slowing down or focusing.  The brain is like a muscle.  The more you exercise it, the easier things become.

Lastly, you don’t have to only do this in a secluded, quiet area for 10-15 minutes.

You can meditate anytime and almost anywhere.  If you’re at the gym you can focus on the muscles you’re working out.

You can meditate when you’re out walking.

Anytime you can take a moment and focus your attention and energy, even for just a few seconds.  That’s meditation.

That’s taking just a few moments out of your busy life, resetting and recharging.

If you have any questions, or need some pointers, contact Chastity Garcia.

In the meantime, give it a try.  Right now, put down your device, or turn off your computer monitor.

Focus on the moment for just a minute or so.

See how you feel at the end.

I bet you’ll like it.

We wish you good health,

Columbia Basin Racquet Club

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