Is stress a factor in your neck and shoulder tension, or your headaches or migraines? Do you think stress might be affecting your posture? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it might be time to work on your stress levels. Meditation and mindfulness can be great strategies to actively deal with stress; here are 5 ways to get started.
1) ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’, book and CD by Mark Williams. This eight-week plan explains a number of different mindfulness practices that have been proven to help reduce stress. Mark Williams is an Oxford professor in psychology. www.bookdepository.com
2) Headspace – This is a great place to learn to meditate in just 10 minutes. Using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques, Headspace will show you how to train your mind for a healthier, happier, more enjoyable life. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play, or see www.headspace.com.
3) Smiling Mind – Smiling Mind exists to help build individual mental health and wellbeing through positive, pre-emptive tools based on mindfulness meditation. Co-developed with psychologists and health professionals, Smiling Mind is available free of charge. The app is available in the App Store and Google Play, or visit www.smilingmind.com.au.
4) Life and Balance Yoga Studio Glebe – Life and Balance run regular meditation courses right here in Glebe. Committing to a regular group class can give structure and accountability and help you stick to a regular practice: www.lifebalance.net.au.
5) Online classes with David Wagner at yogaglo.com – YogaGlo streams over 3,500 yoga classes taught by experienced, certified yoga teachers, and also has a great selection of meditations available, including meditations with David Harshada Wagner. You can filter classes by duration, focus and difficulty level to find a meditation that’s right for you. www.yogaglo.com
Need an adjustment to deal with the effects of stress? Book a time now.