Earlier this month we celebrated our nation’s independence and freedom. For many social workers, and other service professionals, freedom from stress, through self-care, is a luxury that we have not enjoyed. However, we don’t have to go on a luxury vacation or to the spa to take care of our health and well-being. One straightforward way to incorporate self-care into your daily practice is through meditation and relaxation. Either one can help you manage stress, increase calmness and increase your sense of well-being.
Meditation techniques, can you destress, refocus and recharge when you are overwhelmed by stress on the job. You can listen to a meditation tape in the morning before work, during your lunch break, or anytime you feel stress overtaking you. Just take 3-5 minutes to step back and listen to a relaxation tape.
If you choose meditation know it can be a traditional prayer, or focusing on an image or clearing your mind altogether. Some good relaxation and meditation apps are:
- Headspace – Headspace is a meditation app designed to help busy people relax with the Take 10 series. It provides 10 minute meditations to help you destress. This is free, you can then pay for additional meditation resources.
- Deep Calm – Is an audio app of relaxing music that you can play to destress or meditate. You can customize it to the sounds that work best for you whether that is nature sounds of woods, waterfall, or relaxing melodies.
- Stop, Breath, & Think: Meditation for Mindfulness – Good app to help you check in with your feelings and thoughts using over 50 meditations.
- The Mindfulness App – This app gives you more than relaxing sounds. It guides you with different daily meditations that are 3-30 minutes. You can also track your progress with this app.
For more information, check out he Huffington Post’s article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-5-minute-meditation_us_58cad663e4b00705db4d4c96?utm_hp_ref=meditation
Please share your comments on your experience using one of the above-mentioned apps.
Until next time!