In this week’s Micro Mondays episode on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, I’m focusing on reducing anxiety and stress through a short guided meditation.
Lockdown due to COVID is hitting hard and many are feeling heightened stress and anxiety. Life in general can be stressful. Today I’m taking you through a guided meditation to find calm. We will focus on a breathing exercise that you can do at anytime you are feeling stress. It is important to focus on your well-being and taking time out for yourself is important.
In the article, Breath Meditation: A great way to relieve stress, Harvard Health suggests
Simply observing the breath can damp down stress and open a door to a more healthy and mindful lifestyle.
Psychological stress has a devastating effect on health. Research shows that people with heart disease do worse over time if they don’t control stress, and stress seems to be associated with a higher risk for cancer. Stress is strongly associated with poorer memory and more aches and pains. However, reducing stress helps you sleep more restfully and control high blood pressure.
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to simply focus your attention on your breath. It’s a form of “entry level” meditation that anyone can do. You’ll notice an immediate sense of relaxation that could help protect your health over time.Harvard Health, Breath meditation: A great way to relieve stress
Some key points to remember about a breathing meditation:
- Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed
- Take time to get comfortable. Sit in a comfortable chair or lay on a mat.
- Have a blanked nearby and perhaps light a candle for ambiance
- Don’t worry if you can’t clear your mind of thoughts. Accept them and let them go by taking the focus to the BREATH
- Don’t rush, give yourself up to the moment as you nurture your mind, body and spirit.