While the holidays can be a source of joy, they can also bring added stress. If you're looking for a fast and effective way to reduce stress, try meditation. Meditation is a simple way to clear your mind and feel peaceful, which typically results in clearer thinking and increased relaxation.
Starting a meditation routine is easy and doesn't require anything but you. Start by practicing for 10-15 minutes. If you're short on time, even 5 minutes is beneficial. You can practice whenever and wherever by following these basic steps:
1. Sit upright comfortably.
2. Close your eyes or focus your gaze on a fixed object.
3. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Fill your abdomen and then chest with air – your shoulders should stay relaxed.
4. Slowly release the breath through your mouth. Notice how your breath slowly travels in and out of your body.
5. Your mind may wander initially. When you notice thoughts, simply acknowledge them and let them pass. Bring your attention back to your deep breathing.
Some people find soothing music or guided meditation programs can help them focus. Set an alarm may help so you don't worry about the time. Meditation is a skill like any other; the more you practice, the easier it becomes. So breathe deeply, and relax!