Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Throughout the day if experiencing stress, stop and sit quietly, take three deep breaths as described earlier, allow the shoulders to drop, and imagine tension flowing down and out of the body through the soles of the feet. Practice biofeedback and/or relaxation techniques that invoke the relaxation response.
- Take 15 minutes to one hour daily, to be quiet and allow the mind to be still. Different meditation methods provide ideas about how to do this. For ideas, see: Creative Visualization by Shakti Gwain, Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson, by Joan Borezsenko, and What We May Be by Pierro Ferruci.
- Do not underestimate the power of community. Talk to a trusted confidant (friend, family, co-worker) and have the invaluable experience of being heard and maybe get some objective advise.
- Take time to do things you enjoy - reading, writing, sports, exercise, gardening, music etc.
Here's to your health,
Resources: Pizzorno, J. and Murray, M. Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd ed. Harcourt Brace and Company, 1999.