Stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure… Oh my!
One of the issues that I treat every day is stress. We all have different stressors that are ebbing and flowing throughout our daily lives. The stress of family life, work life, commuting, finances, deadlines… it all tends to build up until we are unable to handle it any longer and we feel like we’re going to burst.
Acupuncture is a wonderful respite from all of this stress, and many of my patients report that they’re able to reframe their mindset relative to their stressors and it becomes more manageable and less daunting. In addition to acupuncture, I love to recommend meditation. With meditation, acupuncture, and herbal treatment, you’re set for success!
When most people think of meditation, they imagine a yogi (potentially levitating) in meditation for hours upon end who may or may not also be glowing with enlightenment. It can be intimidating to begin because we know that it’s going to be impossible to reach that level as a beginner, but that sense of peace and calm is so desperately what we need.
Meditation has such great potential to increase your health! It lowers stress, helps to control anxiety, helps your self awareness, may help to curb addictions, and even has potential to ward off age related memory loss! (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#6.-May-reduce-age-related-memory-loss)
Here are 4 things to know if you want to begin meditating.
Just do it! - the most important thing about meditating is just doing it! Schedule some time in your calendar to do it, and get to it. You’ll never get better if you don’t start.
Start small. - You don’t need to sit down on your first day for 45 minutes. In fact, don’t even set that expectation. If it’s your first meditation, set a timer for 5 minutes. Many people like to meditate in the morning for 5 minutes and the evening for 5 minutes to prepare for and decompress from the day. Feel free to gradually increase the time as you go and feel able to.
Leave the judgement at the door. - When you first attempt meditation, it’s easy to get distracted. Several of my teachers have called this the “monkey mind”. If you’re trying to meditate, but keep getting distracted by your to-do list, nonjudgmentally say, “thank you, not right now.” and return to your mantra or visualization.
Get comfortable. - You may meditate standing, sitting in a chair, or sitting cross-legged on the floor. Just make sure that it’s a position that you’ll be comfortable in for the duration of your meditation so you’re not distracted with your discomfort. I personally prefer sitting cross-legged on the floor with something to support my back.
For meditation exercises and practices to get you started, see the “meditation” tag on the blog for exercises that you can include in your meditation practices.