Combat Stress: Meditation Not Medication

October 21, 2016 - 2 minutes read

Welcome to the age of to do lists that stretch far longer than they should. Of arriving home past dark 5 out of 7 days of the week. Of shampooing your hair 3 times before you realize you forgot the conditioner (true story ask a fellow SPOT employee). You probably have defaulted to allowing the stress of everyday commitments control your life, but implementing some form of simple meditation into your routine could help combat this.

What is mediation and what are the types?
Meditation is the process of controlling your mind through spending time in quiet thought. There are two main types; concentration and mindfulness. Concentration meditation is the process of focusing on a single point. For example, repeating words, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive sound, or counting objects are all forms of concentration meditation. Mindfulness meditation is the process of focusing on the thoughts that drift in the mind and learning how to acknowledge and control them. These two processes can also be practiced together.

Benefits of Meditating  
Meditating regularly can help with relaxation. According to this Art of Living article, the act of entering this more relaxed state has beneficial effects such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood circulation, lowering heart rate, reducing anxiety, improving concentration, and increasing happiness.

Give it a Try
Convinced that meditation might help you relax? Not convinced? Try out this beginner meditation sequence and find out.

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down
  2. Close your eyes and breathe normally
  3. Focus on your breath.
  4. Place one hand on your stomach and feel the rise and fall of it with your breath.
  5. Continue focusing on your breath and how it affects your body. If you feel your mind drifting to other thoughts, simply try to refocus it back on your breath and body.
  6. Continue this for 2 minutes. You can slowly increase this time as you practice more.

Keep calm and meditate on.