5 minute meditation
For stress relief when you are short on time.
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Meditation is one of the best ways to manage stress and anxiety and anyone can do it. It can build resilience over time and help you to respond better to the challenges in your life!
Got 5 minutes? Set a timer and try this easy meditation. ⬇
Step 1: Close your eyes and focus on a five-count breath:
- Slowly inhale from the belly
- Then into ribs
- Then into chest
- Up into the head
- Then gently hold the breath for the fifth count
Reverse this process on the exhale for another count of five, exhaling from the head, chest, ribs, belly, and pausing on the last bit of breath out of the body. Begin again.
Try to visualize the tension leaving your body from your head to your feet, either as imagining that the stress is literally draining from you through your toes, escaping your body with every breath, or simply melting away.
Step 2: Focus your mind while you breathe.
Rather than focusing on ‘thinking of nothing,’ focus on ‘being,’ and when thoughts enter your mind, gently acknowledge them and let them go, returning your focus to the present moment again. Don't worry about if you are 'doing it right' because this can actually make meditation more stressful! The process of redirecting your focus to the present moment is where the benefit comes.
If you accept that constantly bringing your mind back to the present moment is the meditation, it will be much easier to keep your mind still.
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