In meditation, remember that thoughts WILL come. As you sit down to meditate (and this could be as simple as just a minute or two of total down-time) consider this mantra: Waterfall-river-lake. As your thoughts begin to flow, let them flow like a waterfall, then a river, then a peaceful lake. YOU control your brain, it does NOT control you. It’s OK to think. In fact, it’s a really good thing. Just give your brain a break, just as you do your body. Waterfall-river—lake. Will make you feel much better about your meditation which will make you want to do it more often. The more you do it, the calmer you will feel and the healthier you will be! Meditation, it does a brain and body good.
Other things that do your brain and body good….smiling at people. Just for today, try smiling at 5 different people, just because. If you haven’t tried the rubber band around your wrist (and snapping it when negative thoughts enter your brain) give it a try. It’s amazing how quickly we can catch ourselves going down negativity drive. Finally, Discover the “elf” in yours-elf and learn to have fun! There is a time to be serious, and there is a time to put serious aside because…
The American Academy of Family Physicians says that at least two-thirds of all office visits to the family doctor are for stress-related problems. Just as everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, EVERYONE has stress. How we handle our stress directly impacts our health and wellness. Take a deep breath and consider some of the stress reduction exercises above. A happier, healthier you is a gift you give not only to yourself, but of course to all those around you at work and play.