Zen and stress relief work hand in hand to greatly reduce stress levels. Stress is actually a natural response to challenges that life throws at you. Challenges that are good or bad can have consequences for your health, which is where Zen comes in.
Here are the steps to take to help reduce your stress in zen fashion:
Identify Your Stressors
Stressors can be as simple as getting up late for work and having to face rush hour traffic, to forgetting what you’re about to say in a conversation. Once you’ve identified what your stressors are, you can begin to change them for the better with your new zen habits.
Reduce Your Commitments
Stress is often brought on by being over committed. Take a look at your life and focus on what is truly necessary. Do you really need to be the one that does everything? Or can you delegate some responsibility and take that extra time to relax?
One of the most important zen habits to have is organization. The more organized you are the easier it is to reduce stress. Take a weekend and do some organizing. Clean out closets, purge clutter, and streamline your life. The more organized it is, the more relaxed you’re going to be, even on that rare morning that you’re running a little later than you would like.
Speaking of late, try focusing on Zen meditation and get up earlier in the morning. If you wake up just 20 minutes earlier and meditate for 10 of those minutes, you’ll be far more relaxed and be overall less stressed for the day. Your day will start out smoothly and naturally as opposed to rushing around trying to get everything together last minute.
Let Go Of Control
Your control is holding you hostage in this world. Learn to let go of control and let things flow in the universe in a natural rhythm. When you let go of control, you learn how to roll with what life throws at you. You don’t have control over traffic, you don’t have control over how your day is going to go, but you do have control over your happiness. Put on a smile and face life with the attitude that you can do anything you put your mind to. Simply do your job, get work done, and relax.
Practicing acceptance is critical to understanding zen. Accept the things you cannot change, and change those that you can. You are always free to do whatever you please, however, regardless of what you do, there will be consequences, good or bad. So make the choice for the good consequences and accept that it is the little things that count.
If you’re stressed, there’s a chance that you may need to simplify your life. Try to put off multitasking, it’s draining! Instead, focus simply on one task at a time and allow yourself to complete it without stressing over the next thing on your to-do list. Many people find that by doing simplifying your life through zen and stress relief, it actually helps reduce their blood pressure and feel more content with life.1
Identify Toxic People
Identify toxic people in your life and learn ways to avoid them. Whether you have to simply turn and walk the other way, send their phone calls to voicemail, or ignore their texts, let them go. Toxic people are draining and you don’t owe them anything. If they’re stressing you out, set the proper boundaries and don’t deviate from those boundaries. Call or text them back at your convenience, if you choose to even respond to them. You have no obligation to keep toxic people in your life, so stop giving them permission to stress you out. If you want to relieve a little stress, set those boundaries, and get rid of the toxicity.
Through zen, everything is done at a slower pace. Zen teaches patience and a slower life. You don’t have to rush everywhere. If you were raised in a family that rushes you out the door early for an event, teach yourself that it’s okay to be early but it is not important to rushing out the door in order to do so. Instead, plan to get up on time and get ready at a relaxed and slower pace. Spend your time in meditation and focus on slowing down.
Embrace Zen Habits
Zen also teaches how to embrace peacefulness. Don’t kill or harm living things, don’t steal, don’t be irresponsible in sexual matters, be truthful without being hurtful, and maintain your consciousness by avoiding drugs and alcohol. Zen does no evil, it cultivates the good in life and purifies the mind. Zen practices honesty without being cruel to others and beliefs in the basic principles that help a person live a positive life that is stress-free.
Learn To Relax
If you’re like the majority of people, your day is structured and busy. You rarely set aside time to take a break, let alone eat a well-balanced meal. If you’re seeking zen and stress relief, then it is important to change up your day and include breaks and make time for proper eating. Take a walk through a peaceful area on your break, and embrace the change of scenery.
Get Plenty Of Exercise
Your body can’t function properly and eliminate stress if you’re not keeping it in peak condition. Try going on walks, or signing up for a gym to do your favorite workouts. Take time to get exercise on a daily basis even if it’s just a short walk and you’ll see just how much better you’re going to feel when you nurture your body. You’ll also begin to notice how much healthier your mind will feel and your how your ability to think becomes clearer. Exercise helps stress melt away and you’ll overall helps you feel happier. Try Active by MONQ filled with bitter orange, black pepper, and sage to help you get motivated and get active.
Embrace A Healthy Diet
Your body needs fuel. Sometimes, when you’re feeling stressed, it’s really the feeling of being hungry. It is important to fuel your body with a healthy diet. Eat as many whole grains, leafy greens, and foods full of fiber as you can, and be sure that you include the basic food groups. MONQ’s Healthy essential oil blend contains cinnamon leaf, marjoram, and turmeric to help you feel vitality and breathe natural wellness. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Statistics show that many don’t get enough water during the day, therefore, causing dehydration which can stress you and your body out.
Along with eliminating toxic people, eliminate negativity in your life as well. If an environment you work in feels negative, then it’s time to rearrange things so that it feels positive. Surround your workspace with things that you love. It may be pictures of nature, your family, a small zen garden on your desk, or some fresh cut flowers. Design your workspace to be relaxing and promote a healthy work atmosphere.
Create a list of things that you’re grateful for and keep it going. Try journaling! You can create your journal to be a gratefulness journal where you can jot things down that you are grateful for. Go over this list if you’re feeling down or lonely to remind yourself what you’re grateful for. This will go far in helping you reduce stress.
During your zen meditation, you may also wish to try some aromatherapy. Light a soothing and scented candle to help your meditation be a peaceful ritual that you can return to whenever you’re feeling stressed. Make it as simple as sitting in a favorite location, lighting a fragrant candle (or using a personal essential oil diffuser), focusing on your “happy place” and attempt to put yourself there mentally. In time, you’ll learn to use your peaceful ritual whenever life is stressful, and it will begin to be an everyday thing that will help relax you.
While participating in Zen meditation, you may also wish to consider some soft music. Everyone has a different taste when it comes to music. For some, they may be partial to Native American flute music, while others may enjoy only instrumental or stringed instruments. Music should be there to help soothe you and help you to focus on your zen to help relieve your stress. When you decide to add music to your routine of meditation, you’ll begin to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
Understanding Zen Meditation For Stress Relief
After you’ve selected soft music and your aromatherapy, sit down in your favorite meditation location, and focus on your breathing. Concentrate on breathing deep and slowly, and count to four or five as you breathe in, holding it for the count of six. Now slowly, to the count of six, let the air out and repeat. Do this every time you begin your meditation and then allow your mind to take you to your “happy place”.
Zen and stress relief can easily walk hand in hand when incorporating these steps into your everyday plan to become less stressed. Stress is a part of everyone’s life, but learning to control it puts first how you feel, and can ultimately change your world.