Stress and stress management is important.
Hands up whose feeling a little stressed out? Mind is racing, to do list is growing, have that cold or ache that won’t go away! These things can really get you down.
The reality is people are becoming more and more stressed. This could be down to a number of factors: Work, Diet, Lifestyle or imbalances in our bodies which are creating symptoms that are bringing us down.
Stress can take many forms:
From mental stress such as: memory problems, inability to concentrate, anxious or racing thoughts, irritability or short temper, feeling overwhelmed
To physical stress such as: Aches and pains, stomach problems, nausea, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, eating more or less, sleeping too much or too little, procrastinating , using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
We all have our own ways of dealing with stress but sometimes it can get the better of us and that is when you need to put the steps in to take care of yourself.
Our lives will always be stressful so creating your personal toolkit to deal with it is important.
You may go online and google help and hear people talking about meditation (which instantly makes you think of someone sitting cross legged in harem pants saying “om”) and think…its not for me.
Ever thought of Meditative Walking?
There is such beauty watching the sunrise.
Rising with the sun and walking; finding the time to breathe, get in the zone and re-connect helps me to re-establish where I am right now in the world.
I have never been one to sit still and “om” and I find that walking helps me achieve the inner peace needed to meditate when the world seems a little heavy on my shoulders.
Rising with the light, getting some fresh air, exercise and stillness in this busy world can really change your outlook for the day.
Even in the busy cities you can find solace in the morning ours.
Meditative walking allows you to have some time on your own, moving the blood around your body and taking in the world.
The movement can distract you from thoughts and take your mind into being consciously active.
Stress can creep up at any time – therefore establishing a form of relaxation while physically removing yourself from the situation can allow you take some time out and bring the zen back into your world.
If you are trying meditation out for the first time this could be the way to start. Here are my tips to getting the best out of your walk.
1) Start by breathing: Long breaths through your nose and out through your mouth
2) Silence: Try and do this without music and take in your surroundings
3) Peaceful: Try your best to go somewhere away from the hustle and bustle
4) Time: Don’t rush – set yourself a time in the day to do this
5) Mindful: Listen to your thoughts. how do you feel?
You are never alone in this world when you are stressed and never be embarrassed to reach out to those around you when you feel yourself being overwhelmed. You may not know you’re stressed and just feel like something is just wrong (akin to “i just don’t feel like me”).
With the right management and personal toolkit you will find the perfect way to tackle your worlds stressed your way.