April is Stress Awareness Month: De-Stress with a Zen Den!

serenityflower“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”~Amit Ray

Do we really need a “stress awareness month”? I’m pretty sure we are already aware of how stressed we are! How can we not be? We’re constantly being bombarded with energy, taking on extra responsibility and attempting to meet our various and ever-increasing deadlines.

From the media to friends, family and even those we don’t even know, everything is energy and, at times, we are effected without even knowing the source. Isn’t it interesting that Stress Awareness Month is also the month our taxes are due?

Although each of us could choose neutral, say hello to the energy and simply let it go, most of us have not arrived at that blissful, neutral, non-complicated place. For those of us who are givers we need to remind ourselves it’s important (and OK) to give to ourselves. Even 5 minutes of self-care begins to do just that.

When we really break it down, much of the cause of our stress comes from our attention being outside of ourselves. We are thinking (or worrying about) the past or future. We are trying to control others. We are in resistance (circumstances or people), or we are worrying about others and/or how someone else will react. Of course there are many other stressors but for now, let’s focus on a few things we can do to de-stress.

Eat well

Bodies not only need balanced nutrition but they ENJOY eating! When you eat a healthy, balanced diet your body will be happy. Focus on your food when eating. If you’re at home, eat at the table, use the good dishes. Make mealtime enjoyable. Really taste the food. The more of your senses you use, the more in present time, and less stressed, you will be! Also, a hungry body is a stressed body. Don’t skip meals and DO have something on hand for when you find yourself hungry between meals. It’s ok to add healthy snacks or an additional small meal to your day.

Exercise and Play

Fact: Bodies need to exercise AND play! You might not enjoy exercising in the traditional sense so find something you enjoy doing. Maybe even combine it with play! Go to the playground and swing on a swing. Skip down the street, take a dance class, enjoy a bicycle tour of your city, go to the arboretum or walk the gardens, go on a hike, a climb or try something new like spelunking. Commit to a little “fun movement” every day. If you don’t have much time you can certainly take a 10 minute walk. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to notice your surroundings. Smell the flowers. Listen to sounds and by all means feel your body and breathe!

Hobbies

When was the last time you did something you enjoy for no other reason but you enjoy doing it? What are you interested in? Sometimes we get so caught up in work and/or day-to-day tasks we forget to do the things we like to do. It might be an artistic endeavor, a craft, an activity, learning to speak another language or even reading a book. I just read a study that said reading for only 5 minutes will dramatically reduce stress. If you don’t have a hobby but want to try something new, check out Meetup.com . Scroll through and find something that sounds like fun and by all means check it out. Any shift in your attention and energy will shift your stress level!

Meditation/Mindfulness

Transform Chaos to CalmThere is nothing better for de-stressing than meditation and inner reflection. Create a “Zen Den” for yourself. This is a comfortable “sanctuary” space free of distractions; A safe, anxiety free, zone if you will. If you have a meditation practice great! If not, simply close your eyes, breathe, bring your attention and energy back to you and imagine the stress simply melting away.

Meditation won’t solve all your problems but it will instantly shift your energy and definitely help! I have a couple of guided meditations (free to listen or download) available on my website and I’m working on adding a special stress relieving meditation as well. “Transforming Chaos to Calm” was initially offered as a free meditation workshop and is a very popular download.

Get a Massage

A massage is a great way to unwind and don’t discount the power of the human touch. If you are feeling isolated, alone and stuck in your thoughts, a massage will bring you back to the present. It will not only bring your attention back to your body it feels good! If you have a limited amount of time, check out a neck/shoulder massage. Depending on where you live and what your job is, they might even offer these types of massages at your workplace or close by.

Now that you have a few tried and true ways to de-stress, do you know what they all have in common? With each one you step out of your “thoughts”, shift your perspective and re-center mind, body and spirit in present time! Your energy and attention are on you, for you.

Part of de-stressing lies in the ability to give to yourself. Take a breath, acknowledge you are stressed then stop and get into present time with your surroundings. If you think you don’t have time, think again! There are 24 hours in a day and we’re talking about 10-15 minutes a day at the very least, 1 or 2 hours a day at most, depending on how much time you have and/or need to de-stress.

Take time each day to unwind and bring your attention back to you. Create a “Zen Den” sanctuary. Live in the moment. Live in your breath and transform chaos to calm.~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Meditation: A Massage for Your Spirit & Food for the Soul

“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”~Tony Robbins

Although the real events of the solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and Venus transit are behind us, the effects on our lives linger and continue in full force. For many it felt (and still feels) like being catapulted into a ginormous growth period. It not only feels that way, it IS that way.

If you normally take ‘baby steps’ forget it! You took a astrologically imposed LEAP and that leap may have knocked you off-balance and caused your head to spin. It’s important when this happens to take time to reorganize, get your feet back on the ground and care for your spirit. It’s time to fill up all those places where you released while you were flying through the air. If you’re feeling tired, depleted, stagnant or stuck it’s time to get back to basics, fill up and pamper your spirit!

We all know how important it is to take care of our physical bodies. Eating right, physical activity and yes even getting enough rest to recharge and refuel are all a part of caring for the body but what about your spiritual essence? Your spirit needs the very same thing in a slightly different format to stay healthy and in a state of ease. How are you caring for your spirit? What are you doing each day to nourish your spirit and soul? Just as the body needs to eat, move, ‘do’, rest, recharge and fuel,  your spirit needs to play, create, heal, rest and be calm.

When you go for a massage you pamper your the body and it can certainly be a spiritual experience but how many of us can afford to get a massage every day? Massaging and feeding your spirit is free and all it takes is a ‘meditation a day’!  The challenge of course is making the time to sit down and DO IT but I guarantee the more you do it the better you’ll feel, the more space you’ll have and the faster you’ll move through a difficult growth period. Your ability to create is enhanced and by creating more space for yourself, you create space for your dreams to manifest. Meditation massages and feeds your soul by giving you a spa like moment of peace. You step out of the problems and challenges of daily life and in doing this your overall perspective will change.

On an energy level EVERYTHING changes when you incorporate daily meditation into your schedule. You heal and expand as spirit, bring more of your energy into your body and re-establish your footing. It allows you to refocus your mind and recharge your body as well. Now I clearly hear you saying how you don’t have time  but who’s going to make the time for you if you don’t? It is not enough to take a few minutes in the shower. Your spirit is committed to you until it decides to step out of the body but are you committed to your spirit? Have you ever noticed what happens when you trip and fall or have some sort of accident? In addition to skinning your knee, bumps and bruises you become acutely aware of your surroundings. Why not sit down and quiet your mind, clear out what is not you and say HELLO to your spiritual essence instead of being catapulted to do so?

If your truly want to direct your life and create it the way YOU want it massage and feed your spirit every day. As Tony Robbins says in the opening quote “…It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently” and that includes taking time to recharge and refuel both body AND spirit each day! What are you waiting for? Schedule your spiritual massage right now. No time like the present!~Shine Your Light Debbie

If you don’t know how to meditate or would like a guided meditation please visit the workshops page on my website to see currently available class recordings.

©Debra Taitel 2012 All rights reserved

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