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...
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P.P.S: The anti-worry mantra and travel as therapy.
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