We are all under a tremendous amount of stress, whether it’s work, school, family, kids, blogs, etc. So, you may be asking why this is a big deal. After all, people have been under stress since time began, how is today any different? In our fast paced world, filled with social media, television. radio, and 7 billion other people, we are constantly bombarded with negative words, energy, commentary, and images.
Anytime we experience stress, our body goes into the “fight or flight” mode. This is the same instinct that kicked in when our ancestors were chased by lions or tigers. Our digestive system shuts down, our blood pressure increase, glucose is flooded into our system to give us energy. (to run from the tiger, remember!) No matter how little or big the stress is, your body will always react the same, as if you are running from danger and your life is at risk.
The below infographic, from the article 17 Reasons To Avoid Stress, by Fawne Hansen at Adrenal Fatigue Solution, gives you an idea as to just how bad all this stress is for us.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. So if we are under chronic stress, we are constantly in fight or flight mode. This is REALLY bad for you and won’t end well, if you don’t find a way to relax, and soon.
Now we know that all of that stimuli has a huge impact on our body, mind and soul. What’s a busy person to do? As much as we want to, we can’t just stop everything and run to the beach or mountains forever, we can’t, so, we must try other methods. Meditation, even just 10 minutes, can go a long way towards calming your mind and easing the symptoms of chronic stress. However, if you’re anything like me, sitting and meditating is a guilty pleasure, of which there isn’t a lot of time.
However, what if I told you that you could meditate while doing your daily activities, like folding laundry, doing dishes, sitting at your desk at work, walking, running or lifting weights? Would that interest you?
While doing housework, yard work or any other daily activity, there are only a few key points to remember. (These tips are from the House Cleaning video below):
- Pay attention to your breathing, and practice deep breathing.
- Create a mantra and repeat while cleaning
- Dedicate your work to someone else.
The link below is to an article I did a while ago on how to meditate while walking.
The remaining videos will either give you tips or guide you through a short meditation to be used while exercising or sitting at your desk.
Enjoy, and try to relax!
How to mediate while cleaning the house
4 minute at work guided meditation
Stress at work meditation
How to use mindfulness while exercising
Running Meditation: A Meditation for jogging, runners
FYI…Project Stress Relief is my new replacement for what used to be Meditation Monday. I will focus on ways to bring relaxation into your daily lives!
I’d love to hear how you like to relax!
Until next time…Namaste my friends.