Meditations for Stress, Mental Health & Emotional Wellness
TThe discussion about mental health has changed completely since 1994, when the first World Mental Health Day was celebrated. Today this conversation has developed and found so much support that it now deserves a whole month to celebrate. Participate: Emotional Wellness Month, which now takes place in October every year.
Personally, I have never paid much attention to my own mental health and have referred to any stress I feel from work / relationships / life as part of growing up.
But as the holidays approached, it reminded me to take a moment and think about what I was doing to support my mental health (I think that’s the point of Emotional Wellness Month, right?) – and It wasn’t much for TBH. Juggling family chores, housework and my regular 9-to-5 job as well as a sideline left many opportunities for my mental wellbeing at the bottom of my to-do list.
Hoping to take it to the top, I decided to devote an entire month to my mental health priority. My first action item? Download the Breethe app.
As one of the most personal mental wellbeing and meditation apps, Breethe has just for you support and tools (right at your fingertips) to help you counter your stressed and anxious feelings with the playful, real conversation you would expect from one BFF, coupled with the expertise of a really great therapist or coach.
“Using a combination of both instant symptom relief tools (we want you to feel better right away!) Not sleep), but also helps address the underlying cause of your anxiety or stress (why you can’t sleep),” says Lynne Goldberg, co-founder and lead meditation teacher of Breethe.
In my case, it was the ideal companion to help me maintain my mental health with serious self-care for self-care, thanks to curated practices and anti-stress meditations. Scroll down for the top tips I learned along the way that completely changed my wellness routine, and for a two-week free trial of Breethe in honor of World Mental Health Day.
Here is what I learned from devoting a month of meditation against stress, as well as a handy checklist to help you get started with your own personal self-care routine.
Be realistic about your schedule
At the beginning of my month of prioritizing my mental health, finding the time to focus on my happiness and well-being was a struggle with my busy schedule.
I was tempted to meditate for 30 minutes each morning, but since I’m absolutely not a morning person, I had to learn to let go of unrealistic expectations and tell myself that it is okay to do what you can when you can.
With the “Adjust my day” function, Breethe helped me bring a few minutes of self-care into my day. You can choose from several different activities, such as: B. starting the day, doing chores, exercising or falling asleep.
By specifying the times you normally do these activities, the app will recommend which support will serve you best at that particular time. This “self-care on my schedule” approach meant less time scrolling through the app to find the track I felt like doing and more time to relax.
“When it comes to mental health and well-being, there is no one-size-fits-all approach,” says Goldberg. “Breethe is tailored to you and your needs. We like to see ourselves as the mental wellness app that takes care of you and really understands you. “
I’ve had trouble sleeping and work has been very busy lately, so I’ve set my two wellness goals on the app (there are over 40 to choose from) as Fall Asleep and Manage Work Stress. Since the app was designed to help find out why my sleeping problems or anxious feelings were stuck, all I had to do was answer a few quick and easy questions rooted in behavioral science and support was immediately provided.
Breethe shared personalized recommendations in real time – including meditation, hypnotherapy sessions, sound and music therapy, and helpful lectures – that not only addressed my current problems, but also guided me in achieving my long-term goals.
By addressing my work stress, I was able to sleep better – and better sleep meant I felt less overwhelmed during the day – a win-win situation, if you ask me.
Start small as you build habits
I’ve meditated regularly before and failed. This time my routine stayed – and there is a reason for it. According to Goldberg – who would definitely know – when it comes to self-care and meditation against stress, it’s okay to start small. Just five to ten minutes a day can provide incredible health benefits, and that’s why Breethe offers several short and simple exercises such as the two-minute stress relief and five-minute anxiety meditations to get you started.
Similar to learning a new language, consistency is more important than session length. “Short but consistent sessions are better for the overall health of your brain than long meditations,” says Goldberg. Your point in a nutshell? Slow and steady (or small and steady in this case) wins the race for wellbeing.
Even on my busiest days, I can’t pretend I didn’t have at least two minutes on my phone – and I was amazed at the impact a few minutes of relaxing self-care can have on my day.
Enjoy your progress
The last of Goldberg’s tips on using meditation for stress (and TBH, probably the one I struggled with the most before using Breethe): Keeping an eye on my gains – instead of my losses, aka the days that I forget.
The app counts the hours and consecutive days you use it – which totally motivates me to keep my streak going – and also sends friendly reminders to my phone in case one day I’m busy and should forget.
I’m about two weeks old now and it makes an even bigger difference than I expected: I sleep better and overall feel a lot less stressed. Something tells me that this 30 day pact could become a lifelong routine.
Would you like to try Breethe yourself? Click here to get a two-week free trial in honor of World Mental Health Day now.
Top photos: Breethe and Getty Images / Westend61; Graphics: Gut + Gut Kreativ