Since the 2016 election, I have felt very out of control and like I am standing on shifting sand. That feeling of powerlessness can seem completely overwhelming. It got me thinking, I know I am not alone. So, what can any of us do to try to alleviate those feelings?
The Only Thing You Have Control Over in Life… is YOU!
Meditation as Stress Relief
My Short Cut Meditation
I get to a quiet place, even if the only place available at the time is a bathroom stall, and I breathe. I close my eyes and just think about breathing in and breathing out. I visualize my lungs as a balloon, focusing on filling it up and then allowing the air to come back out in a controlled slow pattern. I try to just focus on the breath and nothing else, even when my mind is screaming at me, I try to let that go and just think about breathing in and breathing out. Counting the breaths can be helpful also. It engages a different part of your brain than the visualization, so both sides of your brain are working together. By the time I get to the number ten I am usually much calmer than I was before.
It isn’t deep mediation, it isn’t transcendental or life changing, it is just a release valve to allow you to get control of one piece of yourself even if it is just momentary. Feeling like you have control over anything in this crazy world, even if it is just a small piece of yourself for two minutes, can give a huge sense of relief, which can change your whole outlook for the day.
Give it a try and see if it works for you the way it does for me.
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