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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

How do you deal with stress or anxiety? Is it easy for you to relax?

By nature I’m a worrier, which leads (at times) to a bad case of anxiety or restlessness. So, a few months ago (after hearing tons of people rave about Headspace, including Katie and Steph), I finally gave it a proper go. And guess what? I’m still doing it today and to my total surprise, the practice totally changed my relationship with anxiety and stress!

 If you haven’t heard about it, Headspace is basically an app that guides you through different types of meditation practices. At first it teaches you just to close your eyes, sit, let your thoughts bounce around in your head without you chasing after them, and later you slowly start developing a routine of switching off - and start to meditate. When you master the breathing and sitting part, you then choose an area you’d like to work on and carry on with that technique with the help of Andy (the co-founder).

Admittedly, at first I had a hard time sitting still, not making to-do lists in my head or rethinking conversations I had the day before. Actually, I still remember feeling more anxious during the practice than before it. But as soon as I let go of my self-imposed expectations of what meditation should be like, it all switched and it slowly become something that my body and mind craved daily. The thing that gave me that last push was when Andy said that it’s not about getting rid of anxiety, it’s about changing your relationship with that emotion.

We have two choices: one, to feed it and totally allow that uneasy feeling to take over, or 2, to acknowledge it by creating a distance and then deal with it from afar. The basic logic is: would you rather be standing in the middle of a big storm or would you prefer watching it from inside a cozy home through your window? The latter sounds more appealing, don’t you think?

Anyway, I’d love to know if you tried Headspace or any other form of mediation practice. What helps you relax, unwind or what is your trick to get rid of stress? Do tell...

P.S: Boring is good and life lessons...
P.P.S: The anti-worry mantra and travel as therapy.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i used headspace for 4 months before switching to unguided meditation. it gave me a base I needed to go forward

Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, awesome!

Steph said...

Yay! I'm so glad you tried it. And thanks for the mention :) I'm hitting 70 days on my current streak today. With a few days off here and there, I've been at it for almost a year now. I think I started in spring last year!

Art Farm said...

So glad you like Headspace! I found it to be really good at guiding you through. I always liked the tip of relaxing your eyes. That always helped me. And Steph, 70 days!!! AWESOME!! I need to get back into it. I took a "break". My current stress buster has been working out, but meditating would really help. :) xo, Katie

Anonymous said...

I love headspace! I used to do it a lot before Colin came along, and now I'm back on it. It's so amazing to just take some time out to just sit still and be.

Jana ! said...

I recently read Big Magic, in it there was a story about fear. It was a game changer for me. Basically I've lived with a lot of irrational fear my whole life. Elizabeth Gilbert talked about not getting rid of the fear but she describes how she handles fear. I have come to think of fear as a little round ball of fur/or dustbunny. It can go on the car ride with me and it can speak it's mind but it doesn't get anything beyond that. It sits in the back seat and doesn't choose where I go. I had always tried to get rid of fear-that never worked. Now it's just a cute furry thing in my back seat :)

Roselie said...

I love guided meditations from YouTube and I also have bought Kris Karr's meditation album which I love! Sometimes I also meditate with Buddhist inspired music while counting mala beads :)

Raincloud said...

Sadly not for Windows Phone. I heard about Headspace long time ago and really would like to try it.

suzanne said...

i have really liked buddhify and stop, breathe & think apps - and use them regularly. I have also enjoyed susan piver (http://susanpiver.com/open-heart-project/).

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