Meditation For Stress Relief.
We live in a high stress society where everything is moving faster than we can keep our minds attached to. It seems like everyone I know these days is either stressed out, or living a life that’s going to lead to stress. Meditation should be a part of our every day life.
For example: One of my co-workers has a blood clot because of the stress he goes through with work. This is a lot more extreme than my high blood pressure, but they are none the less related. Even my girlfriend is stressed with her day job, so she’s moving back to her old job where she knows everything was at a level of stress that was manageable.
It just seems like stress is no longer a thing to avoid, but an indicator of how much is tolerable.
“That wasn’t too stressful, we could probably do that again.”
Ever catch yourself saying something similar to that? And what about this one..
“Today was way too stressful, I don’t want to do that again”
I know I’ve said that one at least 30 times in the last few months, and I’m finally acting on it. I’m kicking stress to the curb.
Why I Started Meditating
It all started with an advertisement and an opportunity.
When I play games on my phone (which is 99.9% solitaire), I play free games and am therefore susceptible to multiple advertisements bombarding my screen. Between each deck, an ad pops up on the screen that I have to watch for at least 5 seconds. Sometimes it’s the same ad over and over and over and over again. And in this story, that was most definitely the case.
It was an ad for Headspace – a guided meditation app. It had a neat little video that explained the idea behind meditation, and I decided to do a bit of research on the app.
Usually when I research apps and software, I’m pretty picky with what I read online. I tend to seek out at least 3 different sources that contradict each other. This wasn’t the case with headspace. I went straight to an affiliate marketing review, and stopped there.
It’s not because I was blown away at the review; It was because subconsciously I already made up my mind and the review just helped me understand how the app works. I’ve attempted meditation once before, but I couldn’t really figure it out. This seemed like a good way to learn, so I downloaded the app.
My First Time Meditating
After work one day, while I was waiting for my son to get home from school, I started the first meditation session. With those 10 minutes of meditation I felt a little de-stressed, but wasn’t sure if this was good enough.
On the app, it’s set up by days, so you do one guided meditation session a day. But I’m impatient, so I did it twice the next day. In the morning I meditated before going to work, and once again when I got home from work.
For 4 days straight I stuck to this routine, and then stopped. I still wanted to meditate, but I didn’t want to listen to my phone whilst meditating, so I took a day off.
The following day, I started to do some research on meditation and found out that there are many different ways to do it. I started to look at the different types of meditation that were practiced, and tried to locate the one that was being taught on the app. I eventually found it, and did a little bit more research on it.
That type of meditation was Mindfulness Meditation.
Moving On From Guided Meditation
I spent the evening of Saturday practicing my chosen meditation technique, similar to the one that the guided meditation app was teaching.
The self meditation session was 10x more enjoyable than using the app to help me meditate. Not only because it feels much more natural, but because I knew that I could do it anywhere. I could do it at home, at work, outside, in an airport – literally anywhere.
I couldn’t wait to get back to work and see how I felt, and how I could use this new found technique to help me with my work days.
Putting My New Skills To Work
Monday morning eventually came along and it was a pretty decent day, nothing out of the ordinary that would cause my stress levels to rise. I had finished up an estimate for a new restaurant in Fort McMurray, and that took up pretty much all of my Monday.
Tuesday was a little bit more active, but still not a bad day overall.
Wednesday comes along, and everything turns to hell. To make things simple, I put the disaster day in point form.
- I find out that one of our guys is coming home from working on the road, so now I got to lay him off because we have no work for him here.
- I need to put a project on hold, so that I can move one crew over to a different city to finish up a store.
- This is when I found out one of or guys has a blood-clot and needs to take next week off. This is bad because we need to finish 2 stores in 2 weeks, and he’s one of our two guys who can do it. The other guy has to finish the other store.
- I find out that someone put a lien on one of the buildings we’re building.
- The electrician I asked to do a quote for me, didn’t do it – and I was supposed to have an estimate in today.
- This is all happening while the boss is on vacation, so I’m left here wondering if I should tell him all this or wait until he gets back next week.
Wednesday was just a horrible day that couldn’t have gone any worse.
Luckily, I was able to meditate throughout the day. So I didn’t panic – When all this news was coming in, I just simply turned off the ringer on my phone and started to meditate.
Now, there’s a common misconception that people have to say “Ohhhmmmm” when meditating. This it not true at all. You don’t have to say anything.
Although, there are forms of meditation that do practice meditation by saying a repeated word. This just isn’t the type of meditation that I practice. I don’t say a thing, and I don’t move. I just simply zero-in on a single thought and follow my natural breathing pattern.
After doing that for about 5-10 minutes (I have no idea how long I meditate for sometimes – I just go until I feel better), my mind was a lot more clear. I devised a rough plan to get everything moving in a better direction. Things did get a little bit more stressful as the day went on, but I eventually go through it.
When I got home after work, I meditated one more time and felt the release of all that stress from the day.
Why I Encourage Meditation Now
It’s amazing what 1 week of meditation can do so far. I’m still learning to control my wandering thoughts when I meditate, but it could be a life long learning process for all I care.
I feel 15x better than I usually do, and 100x better that before when a stressful time comes around.
I think everyone should practice one form of meditation.
No matter where you do it, or how often you do it, it’s best to just do it. If you feel ashamed to meditate, go and sit on the toilet and do it. No one’s going to question you in there.
See how much better you feel after meditating it for a week. It could change your life.