Meditation for Stress and Overwhelm

This blog is dedicated to meditation and how it can help you reduces stress and overwhelm.

Not too long ago I was a newbie to meditation and always found it very hard to quiet my mind. When trying to meditate I would always find my mind drifting off and thinking about what I had to do or work etc. I was the girl in yoga class that struggled staying still in savasana, I felt like it went forever and I would open my eyes and look around the class thinking when will this be over so I can get home and back to being productive.

I am here to tell you that meditation definitely has huge benefits for stress and overwhelm and gets easier with time. Meditation is a great tool to have in your coping toolbox to ground yourself and reconnect body and mind during times of stress. It is a tool that I use in my life everyday.

The breathing or breath part of mediation works by first noticing your breath which is often faster during times of stress, then slowing your breath and heart rate which signals to your body that you are safe and that it does not need to stay in fight, flight, freeze mode. Most types of mediation involve practicing stillness either in a seated position or laying down (for sleep mediations) as well as relaxing your body and mind by letting thoughts come and go rather than holding on to them.

There are many different types of meditation to name a few:

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Spiritual Meditation

  • Focused Meditation

  • Mantra Meditation

  • Transcendental Meditation

  • Progressive Relaxation

  • Loving Kindness Mediation

  • Visualisation Meditation

It is so important to find the right type of meditation for you. In saying that there are a couple of types of meditation that I would recommend for beginners that are particularly helpful and easy to adjust to if you have trouble with stillness, slowing down and letting go of thoughts.

1) Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is about noticing your thoughts as they come up without judging them or focussing on them, just letting them come and then pass naturally, over time you are then able to still your mind. During mindfulness meditation you will notice and pay attention to emotions that come up as well as sensations in your body again just noticing these and letting them pass without trying to change, fix or over analyse them. This is a great type of meditation for beginners because you do not need a teacher, you can practice it at home and it can be helpful to integrate mindfulness into other aspects of your life

2) Visualisation Meditation

Visualisation mediation is another great technique for beginners it helps reduce stress by visualising a positive scene even visually letting go of worries or stressors by assigning an object to them such as a balloon that you visualise drifting off into the sky. I find visualisation techniques particularly helpful at night time before sleep to visualise letting go of the day that was in order to get a good nights sleep so that I can wake up feeling rested and recharged in the morning.

In future posts I will provide guided meditations for you to try, in the meantime I hope this post has helped enlighten you with the benefits of meditation for reducing stress and overwhelm.

Until next time,

Love and Light,

Rebecca xx

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