As we approach our late 20’sand early 30’s, our lives tend to become fast-paced with so many responsibilities, pressures while we attempt to follow our dreams and chase our goals.

For some us, the burden seems bearable and we push forward while others fall prey and become anti-social where we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed, overworked, and well;
just plain OVER IT.

Some years ago, I found myself in a pool of stress that became so debilitating, that it started to produce adverse effects on my physical health. At that point, all I could think of was how sick I felt physically and how trapped I felt emotionally. I reached a truthful point where i realized that if I ever wanted to get better, I had to liberate myself mentally first.

As time went by, i would come to realize that my hectic schedule wasn’t the issue, my overall stress came from not doing enough for myself. I actively engaged in any and everything except self-care and this was my downfall.

After talking things over with someone i confided in, I was encouraged to meditate, pray, and practice mindfulness. Meditation and mindfulness are so important in the battle against stress. I left the bed on days I felt sick, I took walks on days I felt weak, I started to acknowledge and appreciate my the world around me and the people in it. Slowly but surely, my mental, physical, and emotional health improved 1000%.

The benefits of meditation & mindfulness can truly be life-changing, with some of those benefits including: reduced stress levels, increased sense of well-being, improved focus, enhanced creativity, improved decision-making abilities, enhanced immune system, and improved cardiovascular health amongst many others.

According to the American Psychological Association, Dr. Scott Bishop PhD.  {A Psychologist and meditation researcher at the University Health Network},  “Meditation is more than a stress-reduction technique, it’s a whole affect management approach”. According to Dr. Bishop, “It takes training in thought control, followed by regular practice”.

People who meditate learn to sit still and empty the mind of distractions. Some concentrate on a particular thought, mantra (a calming word or phrase, activity or image, such as ocean waves or they merely rest quietly and observe their breathing and thoughts. Techniques differ, including contemplative, mindful and transcendental meditation and even yoga as a physical form of meditation while the objective is always to calm the body and mind”.

Whether you’re feeling stressed or knows someone who’s feeling overwhelmed, you can visit sites such as https://www.sprinkleofjesus.com/, http://www.scienceofpeople.com/, http://www.mindful.org/, https://www.everyday-mindfulness.org/ for more information on how you can practice meditation in a way that works best for you.

Written by: Sarah Lauture

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