Stop. Drop. Meditation.
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with all that we have going on in our lives we forget to stop, breathe and remind ourselves that we can do anything. Mediation is a form of deep relaxation that can be done at anytime and anywhere during a busy day. Sometimes this can be as simple as sitting at your desk at work closing your eyes and taking some deep breathes to clear your mind and push all anxiety aside. Stress and the anxiety that can come with our everyday activities (especially for us busy interns) is such an omnipresent effect on us and by letting ourselves have that moment to relax the mind and body can improve mentally and physically.
Three Quick and Easy Meditation Techniques:
This exercise can be done on your own in silence. Set up a mental imagine in your head of a place that is most relaxing and peaceful to you. Relax your body and close your eyes and let all your worries drift away and just imagine yourself in “your spot”. Take in your surroundings and visualize everything you see at your “spot.” Enjoy and take in the feeling of deep relaxation as you explore your peaceful place. When you feel relaxed and at peace start to slowly come back to the present and open your eyes. This exercise will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the rest of your day!
2. Deep Breathing
Focusing on each breath you take is a simple but powerful relaxation method. This can be done anywhere at anytime and lets you distress in a quick and easy way. The main thing to keep in mind in a deep breathing exercise is to breathe deeply from your abdomen to allow as much air as possible to fill up your lungs. First you need to sit comfortably with your back straight, breathe in through your nose and exhale out your mouth pushing out as much air as you can. Do this until you feel more relaxed
3. Momentary Meditation
Life is full of non-stop action and many of us don’t have time to take for 20 minutes to meditate. If you take three deep slow breaths every time you send an email or every time you think about any type of situation that makes you stressed this will help clear your mind before moving on to the next task. These short mini-meditation sessions are an awesome way to lighten stress and increase concentration.
This blog post was written by Alexandra Appleby, our Campus Ambassador from Appalachian State University.