Mediation Advantage Services - April 2020

APR 2020

(508) 795-1557 | LIFE IN BALANCE

F or most of us, dealing with stress is a daily occurrence. Our lifelong journey is learning how to approach and manage stressors in a healthy way so that they don’t outpace our enjoyment of life. Incorporating daily meditation into my life has been one of the best ways I’ve found to cope with stress. Anytime I’m feeling stressed out, I know I need to unplug and do a guided meditation. I like to start and end my day with meditation, too. I’ve found Abraham Hicks’ guided meditations to be especially helpful, and I often start my day with the video titled “This Is a Good Morning, This Is a Good Day.” I’ve been doing this for the last four years, and it’s been immensely beneficial in helping me tune out what’s stressing me out and focus on my own rhythms. During the day, if I realize I’m letting something get to me, I get up and go for a walk. In early spring in New England, I bundle up, go to a park near my office, and take a walk. It never fails to serve as a reset, helping me put things into perspective and refocus on what’s important. Even in the cold weather, going outside is a good way to get fresh air and clear my mind. On the weekends, I’ll go for a walk in my neighborhood, and I try to take my nephews along with me. They enjoy being out in nature, and I think it helps them find calm, too. My great-niece recently joined our family and is staying with us, so getting outside with the kids has been a great way for everyone to get some energy out and reset. Finding balance by tending to my spiritual, physical, and emotional well- being helps me focus on what’s important and feel my best. I notice that when I exercise and eat well, I’m also more capable of taking on stressful situations without letting them get to me. I recently started back on my fitness journey — 22 weeks of prep, clean eating, and exercise — and it feels good to return to it. It makes you realize how much eating is a part of socialization in our society! Even on this plan, I’m trying not to miss out on social events and time with friends. It takes a little more planning, but the benefits are worth it. HOW I KEEP STRESS FROM GETTING THE BEST OF ME

In terms of clearing my mind, I notice stress eating and eating unhealthy food weighs on me. I often think about what my daughter says: “Your health is your wealth.” It’s so true. What you put in is what you get out. Volunteering and giving back to others can also be effective ways to lessen stress. It takes the focus off of what you’re dealing with and turns it toward helping make someone else’s life better. I try to spend 20% of my time on a monthly basis volunteering, and I always notice the shift in my mindset that comes from helping others. Of course, my favorite tried-and-true method for instant feel-good power is listening to Whitney Houston’s 1997 concert in Saratoga Springs. Dancing to that YouTube video in my living room in sweats makes me feel like I don’t have a care in the world and instantly puts me in a good mood. I highly recommend it. –Polly Tatum

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