Written by Dave Schreck on October 06, 2020
Have you asked the question, "What if I get the virus?" Beyond social distancing, masking up, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet many wonder what else they can do.
Do You Suffer from "Stinkin' Thinking"?
know who they are, you ask, hey how’s it going? and they start
complaining and telling you how bad life is. Are you one of those, what
would you say if you got sick?
Would you say… I have a healthy immune system that’s capable of fighting off the disease?
Many times, we are not grateful for the things we take for granted and one thing to be grateful for is a healthy immune system.
According to Dr. Sears, “Consider
your mind-body connection as a powerful force that you can harness for
better health, however, chronic worry can depress your immune system”.
you have experienced the physical symptoms of stress, headaches, upset
stomach, aches & pains, insomnia you need effective skills to
prevent a downward spiral.
Follow Your Breath to Let Go of Your Stress
you know what the most difficult aspect of meditation is? It is finding
the time! In a moment you’ll have the opportunity to experience a
5-minute process. But first, a few simple tips to enhance your
- Choose a location where you will not be disturbed
- Sit in a comfortable position
- Loosen any restrictive clothing, sit at the edge of your chair, feet solidly on the floor, back straight, shoulders relaxed
- Gently close your eyes
- Breathe slowly and deeply and assume a passive attitude
Should your mind wander (and it will) gently bring it back. Practice catch and release with your thoughts.
technique called breath appreciation is from the HeartMath Institute
that has been researching the science of stress since the early 1990s.
They have developed several scientifically validated strategies for
reducing stress that is easily learned and practiced in a few minutes.
As you start and end your day take 5 minutes with these more advanced steps:
- Focus on your heart while breathing in
- Concentrate on a positive feeling or attitude while breathing out
- Lock in this new feeling and continue to breathe it in and out through your heart area
- Choose new feelings to help de-stress as needed
Let an App Be Your Meditative Guide:
you’re having a problem committing to meditation, consider a Meditation
App. A device that can cause stress may also reduce anxiety, develop
mindfulness, and cultivate peace of mind through lectures, soothing
music, guided meditations, and more.
tagline for 10% Happier tells you the most important thing you need to
know is “meditation for fidgety skeptics”—a relatable, no-nonsense way
to learn mindfulness for people whose goals veer more toward sharpening
their brains than befriending their souls.
intro videos are free, but it’s $14.99 per month to continue, or $8.33
per month if you sign up for a one-year membership. Paid option: For
$99.99 per year, you get access to over 350 guided meditations, the
ability to download meditations for offline listening, and courses on
stress, focus, performance, relationships, and more.
is well designed and easy to use making the user experience an
enjoyable one. There is only one narrator and the vast majority of the
content is behind a paywall. There is less teaching but you can choose
what resonates with you.
Limited free version and a free 7-day premium version. After that, the monthly cost is just $6.
hundreds of teachers, talks, and meditations. Once you find a teacher
you enjoy, like Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach or Sharon Salzberg.
If you prefer a quieter meditation, you can always set a timer and meditate to intermittent bells or calming ambient noise.
The basic app is free, there is an optional in-app subscription for $9.99/month or $59.99/year. A great value.
only way to fail with these apps, not installing the app and not
setting time aside each day. When you practice relaxation techniques on a
regular basis your life will improve.
Happy trails and don’t sweat the small stuff…it’s all small stuff!