December is one of the most hectic months of the year, but there are simple solutions for reducing stress throughout the busy holiday season and during other stressful situations. By identifying certain stress triggers, you can make a conscious effort to overcome and persevere using the art of mindfulness and meditation.
The physicians at Weight Success Centers, LLC help patients across Florida achieve life-changing results through diet, exercise, and medical solutions. In many cases, our wellness experts will recommend daily meditation for patients experiencing certain symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression.
Finding Balance through Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation ranges from simple breathing techniques, to visualizing, to more advanced exercises. Here are few stress-relieving activities to consider during difficult times:
1. 1. Breathing: Achieve relaxation by being in tune with the rhythm of your heart and body. There are countless breathing techniques available in articles and videos across the web. Start with a simple one. For example, deep breath in through your nose, hold the breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and release very slowly through your mouth. Do this 10 times to calm nerves and lower your heart rate.
2. 2. Coloring: Adult coloring books with pattern-filled pages have become a popular relaxation tool to help boost one’s mood. As we add colors to patterns, our brains release feel-good endorphins. Interestingly, an emerging field of science (neuroesthetics) is related to the effects of art, color, and geometric shapes on the human brain. Patterns may help us temporarily disconnect from our anxiety and stress by focusing our attention on the details.
3. 3. Visualizing: Use your imagination to visualize yourself in your happy place. For example, sit quietly for 10 minutes visualizing yourself in a serene setting. You may find great relaxation picturing a nature preserve or imagining yourself in a museum filled with works of art. If you see yourself at the beach, then imagine the warmth, smell the salty air, wiggle your toes in sand, and hear the seagulls. You could also mentally place yourself in a wonderful memory, such as opening holiday gifts as a child. Alert all five senses to the place and time of wherever you imagine yourself.
4. 4. Exercising: We all know that yoga is a meditative exercise for relaxation, but have you ever heard of a runner’s high? It is the perfect example of how many different exercises can help people reduce stress. Some people like the rigorous mental focus of jogging, while others may find yoga and stretching to be the ultimate activity for peace of mind. The important thing is to find something that you enjoy. It could bring balance and bliss during this busy season.
How will you incorporate meditation into your life now and throughout the New Year? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips to share with your friends and families.