Meditation and mindfulness to help with stress
Everyone experiences stress at some point. Stress can keep you from relaxing, getting enough sleep, and enjoying life.
But what is stress?
Stress is your body's response to a challenge or demand. It is a feeling of physical or emotional tension. It can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.
Prolonged or chronic stress can be very detrimental to physical and emotional well-being. How you respond to stress, however, dramatically impacts your overall well-being.
According to a survey by CIPHR, 79% of British adults feel stressed at least once a month. We can see the highest stress levels among 18-24 years-old.
Contrary to what one might think, working with stress is not about making it disappear completely. Instead, it is about learning how to manage and navigate its troubled waters, coming out intact on the other side.
At Meavitae, one of our focuses is well-being. We want to help by presenting you with two techniques to help you deal with stress. See below.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a fantastic tool to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and help deal with negative emotions.
Investing time in organising our minds to improve the quality and reality of our daily schedule will pay us much more benefits than the spiral of complaints. The search for internal balance allows us to focus and readjust to the new demands that may arise, being open and flexible to prioritise and address them, adjusting ourselves to the reality of the present time.
It is a discipline due to its depth. People need to be more focused and spend considerable time practising to obtain its benefits, unlike mindfulness, which can be carried out while doing other activities.
What is mindfulness, and what is it for?
Mindfulness is the focus of attention on the present moment. It is a method to achieve full attention, focusing on what is happening "here and now", accepting it without judgement or trying to change it. Its meaning is full consciousness. Concentrate on what happens in and around us, and know how to avoid noise and distractions.
Believe it or not, mindfulness is nothing new. It is a very old technique we have adopted from Buddhist traditions, used 2,500 years ago, related to spirituality and meditation.
The practice of mindfulness aims to improve people's quality of life in very specific terms and in a verifiable way, leaving aside and without going into personal philosophies, beliefs and religions.
The goal of mindfulness is to achieve a deep state of consciousness during the session, and several specific techniques are used to achieve this. We seek to get our consciousness to relax and not make judgments of our sensations, feelings or thoughts.
Is meditation or mindfulness better?
Both work with the mind and contribute to emotional well-being, but which one is better will depend on each person and their goals. Practising deeper styles of meditation will help those looking to make it a discipline and integrate it into their lifestyle.
For the work environment, the most recommended is the practice of mindfulness since employees learn practical techniques that help them control stress and improve their mental clarity without losing concentration. It can also be practised in person or remotely.
Different techniques can help us achieve mindfulness: yoga, meditation, or conscious breathing. Meditation is one more vehicle of all the ones we have to achieve mindfulness which is a state that is achieved through the practice of meditation.
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