April is National Stress Awareness Month. Though the month may be drawing to a close, there’s no reason to throw out new de-stressing techniques.
One that’s touted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is meditation. Where several Daily Concepts’ team members do their meditating… in the bathtub, of course.
You can set the mood with candles, music and aromatherapy oils. In a rush? Not to worry (after all, you’re supposed to be de-stressing). The benefits of meditation can come through even the shortest of bath soaks.
Not sure how to meditate? Here are tips from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to get you started:
Meditation is a way to relax and renew the mind, body, and the spirit. Meditation is not necessarily about having no thoughts; it’s about having no reactions to your thoughts, so allow the thoughts to come and go. Be gentle and patient with the process.
Bring yourself to a relaxed and comfortable posture, either sitting on the floor, in a chair, or lying on your back. If sitting, be aware of the spine being effortlessly extended upward.
Exhale completely, leaving a slight pause at the end of the exhale.
Allow the body to naturally inhale.
Mentally say “one” while you inhale.
Allow a slight pause before exhaling again.
As you exhale, release all tension.
Mentally say “and”—or some other single syllable word that holds either neutral or positive connotations while you exhale (words like “love,” “joy,” “fresh,” etc.)
Continue the cycle in a slow, relaxed fashion. Remember:
- Mentally recite “one” for the inhale.
- Mentally say “and” – or your chosen single-syllable word for the exhale.
- Release tension on the exhale.
- Each breath is a new beginning. “One” for the inhale signifies that each breath stands alone as a new start, a new moment.
Take your time coming back from the meditation experience. Give yourself a couple of minutes before you bring yourself back to your regular day.
Slowly and gently bring your refreshed self back to a new moment with a smile.
Enjoy the serenity.
Want more tips for de-stressing? Visit http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/april.html.