One of the lovely parting gifts I received from having PCOS was anxiety and panic attacks (unwanted gift for sure). There were days where it was hard for me to even get up in the morning the panic attacks would come on the moment I woke up and last until I eventually fell asleep.
One day I discovered a fantastic life coach who introduced me to meditation. All I knew about meditation at the time was that you had to be still and make your brain hush up for a period of time, which at that time was pretty impossible for me. I purchased a dvd, Meditation for Beginners with Maritza, and I’ll admit in the beginning it was hard. Sitting for more than a minute just focusing on breathing is really freaking hard. But that’s the beauty of meditation, you accept that you mind will wonder, and meditation helps you to train your brain to come back. That was a game changer for me. Here’s some of the benefits of adopting a regular meditation practice:
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Makes you more aware of the present moment
- Increase awareness = increased happiness
- Helps develop acceptance
- Not to mention it can help improve immune and cardiovascular system (less stress=better health)
Here’s a quick meditation I like to do during the day while at work to bring myself back to the present moment when stress or anxiety start to creep in:
- Bring your focus inwards. If your stuck at your desk, focus on a static object like your phone or keyboard. If you have the luxury to step away, go outside or hide in the bathroom (it’s quite peaceful in there)
- Breathe in slowly for a count of four, starting from your belly and feeling it raise up to your chest. Counting can really help when you’re in a panic, or well, just really pissed off. It can help bring your focus elsewhere.
- Hold your breath for a count of four.
- Release the breath slowly for a count of eight. The out breathe really activates the calmness in the body.
- You can do this for a few minutes, or if nobody notices your missing, as long as you want.
I really encourage anyone who is dealing with a lot of stress, or coping with anxiety and panic attacks to look into the dvd I mentioned above, and start a practice of meditation. Like any skill, mastering meditation takes time so don’t be too hard on yourself if it seems impossible at first. It’s really not as bad as it seems?
I’d love to hear your stories about how meditation helped you cope with anxiety or stressful situations in the comments below!