A couple months ago, we jammed out about my favorite techniques for what to do when you’re freaking the ef out.
Today I’m stoked to share the NUMBER ONE thing that has helped me work through anxiety and stress: daily meditation.
I’m so passionate about this that I even created a special guided meditation for you to use, which you'll find at the end of this post.
It took me some time to get into a regular meditation groove, as I had a lot of goofy resistance around trying it. I was one of those people who thought I wasn’t good at it (since I have a hard time sitting still) and therefore thought it wouldn’t work for me.
You know I don’t sugarcoat things, so let me give it to you straight: meditation is a lifesaver.
It’s not something you can be good at. It’s not something you can be bad it. It’s simply an act of self-care and an awesome stress reducer.
Meditation is free, can be done practically anywhere and at any time. There are no negative side effects and only good can come from it.
I honestly don’t know of anything else in life that falls under those premises, aside from sleep, which we’ll get into next week!
Science shows that meditating helps relieve anxiety and depression, improves attention and concentration, and contributes greatly to improved overall health.
Gone are the days when people thought meditating was only for hippies. Major league sports teams, public schools, and even Fortune 500 companies are promoting and participating in regular meditation practices.
Here are some tips that have helped me along the way:
Get comfortable. I usually sit on a chair. Many meditating friends prefer to sit on the floor or on a cushion.
Concentrate on breathing. Your mind is going to wander. We all have active and annoying monkey minds, and they don’t stop when we sit down to meditate. Don’t worry!
If the loud traffic outside your window distracts you, just focus on your breath. If your mind starts running through your list of errands or that project deadline, don’t worry and again go back to your breath.
Like any practice, the most important thing is to start. If you dedicate a few minutes every day to sitting quietly, you’ll reap major benefits.
I recorded a special meditation just for the Feel Awesome/Be Awesome community. I hope you try it and enjoy. Share it with friends or someone who you think will benefit. Let me know how it goes!
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