Do you ever just turn your brain off and let it relax? Our brain takes part in every action and reaction during the day, yet we never train it to think for itself when it needs a break! It is so important, especially during this time we live in, to just shut it all off. Anxiety, stress, fear, ptsd, and worries are just running rampant these days. I myself take a low dose anxiety medication daily to help control my adrenaline rushes that I get, but the one thing I have always told my doctor when it came to medications is that “I don’t want a bandaid to fix my problem, I want to get to the root of why first”. I have no issues with being on a medication to help take the edge off of a problem, but I also believe that we should spend time working on and trying to fix what is at the root of the issue. ( sometimes we can’t, as it is hereditary and built into our genes, and sometimes there isn’t always a reason or a fix). BUT, with that said, when it comes to anxiety and stress, it has been proven time and time again that meditation is a powerful tool. When used regularly, it helps minimize active symptoms, and also can help prevent and minimize future symptoms when the tools that you learn during mediation are actively applied to your daily life. Pretty cool huh?
My illness has led to anxiety. It has led to a development of fears that are a daily challenge to overcome. Meditation helps. When I have a bad flare now, I use my breathing exercises. When I am having a bad day, I turn my brain off and let my body figure out what it needs to do. Outside of my illness, it lets me be more present and capable of controlling my emotions if my stress levels around the kids are high on an off day with them. I have even applied it to my own children. We do breathing exercises together if they get upset, or emotional. The effect it has on kids is amazing. I urge you to try it the next time one of your children are upset. Instead of yelling, urge them to stop, take a breath, and relax. It re-focuses their energy and yours.
The next time you get upset, I urge you to STOP, TAKE A BREATH, RELAX, and repeat. As many times as you need, trust me. Taking care of ourselves should be part of our daily routine. You won’t regret it.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future”.
What does this quote mean to you? I urge you to think about it. Does it apply to you? I apply it to my meditation practice, because every time I think I am too busy to take care of myself, I think about the amount of days I feel terrible because I didn’t stop to notice the stress and anxiety that was building up because I didn’t stop to allow myself and my brain time to heal. I didn’t stop. I kept doing the same thing every day, complaining about how bad I was feeling yet I didn’t change my patterns. I stayed a prisoner of my past, expecting myself to be a pioneer, yet I never once had I tried to change. So I started to apply this quote to my life, and this is what meditation does to me. Total Zen.
Cheers to pioneering the future through meditation!