We all experience periods of stress, but did you know that chronic, prolonged stress takes a toll on your physical and mental and emotional wellbeing? Stress can impact health in numerous ways, from poor sleep and fatigue to difficulty concentrating, irritability, pain and even anxiety.
The good news:
Mindfulness and mediation practices have been shown to have significant benefits to your body, mind and spirit. They can help regulate emotions, improve attention and focus, reduce risk for disease, and so much more!
It’s not all or nothing.
You don’t need to be a yogi on the mountain to gain these benefits. Taking just five to ten minutes each day to focus on your breath can bring more calm, focus, and wellbeing into your life. Consistency is key.
Not sure where to start?
The best time to meditate is when you are most likely to do so. For some, that’s first thing in the morning. For others it may be easier after exercising. Experiment to see what works best for you.
Don’t have five minutes?
Even three deep breaths can make a difference. Close your eyes and observe the breath entering and leaving your body. When your mind wanders, (which it will) bring your attention back to your breath. That’s it!
Curious about mindfulness?
Check out this short (<3 min) animated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN44ss
Ready to reset?
Join our weekly group, Managing Stress Through Mediation and Mindfulness, facilitated by Anna Sandbank, LCSW, Director of Integrative Mind-Body Health. Learn practical and effective ways to lower your stress, increase focus and attention, and live with more balance and clarity.
Call 201- 488-6678 to learn more.
By Anna Sandbank, LCSW, Director of Integrative Mind-Body Health, Specialized Therapy Associates, Fx Med Centers