The first week of May always feels different. I love how the spring carries that refreshing and new energy! I love soaking it up and taking time to recharge myself for this season.
One of my favorite ways to do that is Meditation. Meditation is Medication.
For a bit of background for those who don’t know me personally: I’m a hyper person. I was always in trouble for talking too much in school.
I was even prescribed Ritalin for a time. I also have a hard time sitting still, but I also want to be a more peaceful person, ahhh!
But I know I’m not alone when I say this: Meditating can be tricky, especially when our to-do lists and work are typically the primary focus of our days.
I become more stressed when I think about the “right way” to meditate.
So instead, I will find the version that works for me- here’s what I am shifting my focus to:
- I’m going to start small. A little bit every day goes a long way!
- Change my perspective.
- Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting cross-legged on a pillow. It can look and feel different for all of us!
- Get outside & breathe. This instantly resets my energy. Simply breathing in the fresh air and observing my surroundings allows me to clear my mind.
The best advice I have gotten is to simply find what works for you! Because at the end of the day, managing our stress is incredibly important. And not only for our mental health, but our physical health too!
Have you ever wondered what long-term stress can do to us physically? Dr. Connealy, my podcast guest from last week and this week, shares that it can raise the levels of inflammation.
Listen to Part II today!
Meditation is the new Medication with Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy
When inflammation is high for long periods, our body gets very challenged, and that’s how diseases like cancer can occur.
My podcast guest this week is part two of Dr. Connealy, and she says that Meditation is Medication. But, first, we need to get a better handle on our stress. Stress is a normal part of daily life, but managing it sets our bodies up for success in the long run.
She told me how years ago, she went to La Jolla to meditate with Deepak Chopra and walked away thinking, well, nobody will want to do that!
Fast forward twenty years, and she tells me the science is clear:
Meditation can help you lower your stress levels, lower your levels of inflammation, and help you sleep more soundly.
In addition, these benefits will support your immune system so it can do its job-killing invaders such as cancer cells.
So as hard as Meditation or taking time to unwind from the day is, why don’t we all vow to give the variety of stress-management tools we have access to a try!
Remember, it can be as simple as tuning into your breath!