If you’re like the typical woman, you’re stressed. From kids to chaos, stress is a part of your life and most daily events can trigger a stress attack. The kids are screaming, your boss is demanding, and you’re ready to pull your hair out and escape from it all. How can you escape when you have no place to go?
I’ve found meditation is the key for a healthy stress-free me. A few months ago I went through a very stressful event. My youngest daughter passed away and my life became filled with so much stress, I made myself literally sick. Stress can make you sick, in fact it can kill you. I had to re-train my mind and body to relax and release.
Relax and release are two great meditation tools for a healthy stress-free you. You’re probably thinking, ‘how can I relax and release my stress?’ It isn’t easy, but it can be done with a few simple techniques.
The first step is to relax. You have to learn to relax your mind, body, and spirit. This step was the hardest for me. I couldn’t relax. Worry triggers stress and stress triggers tension. When you’re tense, relaxing is the last thing you let yourself do, but for a healthier you; you must learn to relax and release.
Relax your mind
From the time you wake up until you go to bed, your mind is crammed with a hundred things. You can actually feel the stress building. That tension headache is your mind’s way of telling you to relax. I’ve found one of the best ways to uncluttered my mind and relax is through music meditation.
You don’t need any special equipment or space to practice music meditation. This simple technique only requires three things: a cd, a cd player, and headphones/earphones. The type of music you choose to listen to is also important in relaxing your mind. You need music that is soothing. I’ve found what works best for me is either classical or jazz. Whenever your mind is feeling stressed grab a cd, pop it into your cd player and let your mind drift into relaxation. Within thirty minutes your tension headache will disappear and you’ll feel relaxed.
Relax your body
Stress can take a heavy toll on your body. Weight gain is a major affect of stress. It’s unhealthy for you as well. Whenever I’m stressed, I eat and the pounds keep piling on. You can actually gain twenty or more pounds in a week because of stress. Your body becomes worn out and lethargic. This type of stress reliever can kill you if you continue to eat when stressed. Instead of filling up on food, I learned to walk away from the refrigerator straight into my bathroom.
I replaced stress eating with bath meditation. This type of meditation will relax your body and take your mind off food. When you feel stressed and have the urge to eat walk into our bathroom. Light a few of your favorite scented candles, pour your favorite bubble bath or oil into a tub filled with hot water and sink into a mountain of bubbles. Let the day’s events wash away. Surround your body with aroma’s of lavender or jasmine. Relaxing in a tub for about thirty minutes will relax not only your body but will wash away your stress.
Relax your spirit
As the events of the day unwind your stress level is probably off the charts. You need to relax your spirit. For me my spirit meditation routine includes writing or reading. Sitting down for thirty minutes and writing in my journal helps my spirit relax. I tend to cope better with stressful situations of I write about them. They become concrete and easier to deal with. If you don’t prefer journaling, then pick up your favorite book. Reading thirty minutes before you go to sleep actually relaxes your spirit. Thirty minutes every night of either journaling or reading is a great stress reducer. Read, write, and relax.
Release the tension
After a stress filled day you need to release your tension. It may sound silly, but I use scream meditation. I go into a room by myself, let out one big scream and feel so much better. After my primal release, I sit on a pile of comfortable cushions and release all the pent up stress of the day. Screaming is good for you. When you scream you are releasing tension. It’s always better to let it out than to keep it bottled up inside. Don’t worry about what your family thinks. Shout and let it out.
Release the worry
Worry brings stress and stress brings health problems. It isn’t easy to not be a worry wart. I’m s constant worrier and it shows. Worry makes a woman age faster. When you worry your stress level jumps off the charts. You have to learn how to release the worry. The best worry meditation therapy I’ve found that works for me is to walk. When I go walking, I take in the view, breath in the crisp air, and forget about my worries. Walking is great meditation for releasing worry. You are concentrating on the walk not the worry. Don’t worry go walking.
Release the stress
Through thirty minutes a day of meditation you can release your stress. Whether it’s music, a bubble bath, journaling, or writing meditation will help you overcome your stress. By relaxing you will become a healthier you. Relax and release your stress through meditation. I practice some form of meditation daily and it actually works.
Don’t let stress control your life. You can take control of your stress. The key to stress reduction and your health is meditation. You will have stress everyday, but how you handle it will make a big difference. Don’t let stress stop you from enjoying the things you love. Remember your health is at risk if you’re not stress-free. Also remember meditation is the key to living stress-free.