If you’re a parent, you know how challenging it can be when summer break rolls around. Between sleep overs and drop offs and pick ups at summer camp, not to mention the yearly family vacation, the time to relax is a luxury. All the more reason to checkout meditation.
Shanderia K. Posey pens this recent Clarion Ledger post on the use of meditation to deal with summertime stress. According to Posey, while most think of meditation as occurring in some low-lit room with incense burning in the background, in reality, meditation represents any practice that you use to calm the mind and focus within. Focusing on the breath is a good place to start.
Meditation is a type of mind-body complementary medicine. It can benefit emotional well-being and overall health, and it can be as informal as you like.
The main element to meditation is focusing your attention on an object, image, mantra or how you breath.
Relaxed breathing involving deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm muscle allows you to take in more oxygen and reduce use of the shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles, according to Mayo Clinic.
This type of breathing is what the experts recommend using in a difficult business meeting or while stuck in a traffic jam.
Read more from Posey on using meditation to handle stress here.