Mindfulness, Meditation, and Visualisation to Support Stress Management
It’s safe to say stress is only second to pain in being one of the biggest threats to health and well-being. Stress also continues being the main culprit for bringing on today’s most serious diseases, despite being measurable in danger. In the latter case, many experts note we usually can’t find an off switch to stress, despite our awareness of its existence.
It’s true we really can’t eliminate stress living in the world we have today. With far more volatility in every aspect of life, it’s not easy for someone like you who’s going through menopause or perimenopause.
Control of stress through this life phase is essential in order to prevent being overwhelmed. With mindfulness, meditation, and visualisation to support stress management, it’s possible to take care of your menopause naturally.
You have to take each of the above elements one step at a time, though. Let’s look at how each of these work in combating stress and how to approach them.
Many universities are continuing to conduct studies on mindfulness to discover exactly how it works in supporting stress management. It’s already noted to successfully eliminate stress, yet also helps build an inner strength and well-being so you can continue to control life’s pressures.
Sounding simple enough, what steps do you really need to take to get into a state of mindfulness?
At the core of mindfulness is just being aware of your inner self. The more you become aware of your thoughts during the day, the more you can do something to keep them from altering how you feel.
This all starts with mindful exercises where you prevent yourself from reacting to a stressful situation. Through menopause, it’s difficult not to react to problems and situations, with anger, irritability or tears being a natural response. By applying mindfulness in these situations, you’re more aware and sensitive to what your body’s doing and how you’re reacting.
Having this astute awareness also makes you more aware of emotions of others, hence helping you control stress from other people’s actions. Creating a more compassionate mind aids in creating more focus, while other techniques can assist with the same.
Using Meditation to Control Stress
No doubt you constantly hear people telling you that meditation helps control their stress. If you’re able to master mindfulness, don’t feel skeptical meditation couldn’t also help. In many ways, mindfulness is just a step towards meditation, where a deeper level of connection may be experienced.
Your only question is, what type of meditation would best help you succeed in stress management? Numerous approaches exist, and it depends on what you best respond to.
For instance, guided meditation helps you calm your mind through mental images you find relaxing. Using this works better when you combine smells, sights, and sounds to make the mental pictures more realistic.
Mindfulness falls under the meditation category, however you have other ways to tap into a more thoughtful state. Try meditation options like mantra meditation where you repeat a calming word or thought. Transcendental meditation uses many of the same techniques to put you into a state of inner peace.
Regular yoga puts you into a meditative state as well, and it’s worth taking time out every morning to do this before starting your day.
While mindfulness and guided meditation give you some sense of visualisation techniques, do you really know how to go about making it work correctly? It’s not always easy to just visualise without preparing for it in the right environment.
What’s most important is to go into a room where you won’t have any interruptions for as long as possible – at least twenty minutes is ideal. Perhaps you can even accomplish this at work if you are able to find a quiet room somewhere. You may need a guided CD to get into your visual state if you’re far too stressed to do this by yourself.
Once done with your visualisation session, allow a couple of minutes to return to reality where you’ll soon feel more peaceful.
Contact us at Doctor Allie’s Vitality Clinics so we can help you take control of your life and health as you experience stress from menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms.