Stress is something that everyone has dealt with before and will definitely go through again. Whether it be stress from work, completing deadlines on time, school, or just simply having a bad week. There have been times where I just can’t seem to go to sleep because of everything that’s on my mind, and recently, it has been a lot so I knew I needed to try something I’ve never done before. But where should I start?? I’ve always heard mixed feelings about meditation, and I honestly didn’t think it would work for me….. until it did.
I started on a Sunday night right before bed. I wasn’t really sure if I should sit in a crossed-legged position like I’ve seen people on TV do, have the lights turned on or off, or if I needed to hum to really get the whole experience. But none of that sounded like me. Instead, I decided to lie down in my bed with all of the lights off and just get as comfortable as I could. I ended up listening to a 10 minute meditation that SweatNET provides called “Just Breathe w/ Carianna”. I figured this one would be most appropriate because I really just needed a breather that day.
I’m lying there with my eyes closed, and felt like I was totally doing it wrong. My mind is still going a mile a minute! Then Carianna starts talking about paying attention to the sounds we hear. My window was open so I heard the leaves blowing in the wind, some cars passing by, a dog barking next door. How was I supposed to focus on breathing when I hear all of these noises?? But then it became very calming to hear the leaves and the whistling of the wind. She talks in such a calm and soothing voice that I sort of forgot that it was even bothering me in the first place. I remember feeling about half way through (I think?) that my arms felt like they could float. I was more focused on my breath, and those thoughts that were running through my head starting to slow down. And before I knew it, I was asleep!
I listened to a meditation every night before bed for a week, and it really did make me feel more relaxed and fall asleep quicker! I’m not saying that I think meditation is for everyone, or that it will give you the same feelings I felt, because everyone’s body and mind is different. Do I think I will do more meditating? YES. Did I feel less tension in my body after a long day? DOUBLE YES. But I think it is all about trying to find something that works for you, and I’m very happy that SweatNET provides all different types of meditations for whatever stress reliever I might need at the time.