You probably already know what stress feels like. Stress finds us on varying levels. We don’t have to look for it; it finds us. Whereas “rest” is something we must invite into our lives. We, as a society, must initiate rest. We often hear the term “stress,” often in phrases such as, “I’m so stressed out,” “I can’t take all the stress,” or “this job stress will give me gray hair.” By definition, stress is a term for a biological response to physical or emotional threats, real or imagined, that bring about mental, physical or emotion strain. These mental, physical or emotional strains can lead to significant health consequences in both the brain and body.
Research shows that stress reduction is one of the main benefits of a mindful body scan meditation. Why is that? Because it is a way to release tension you might not even realize you are experiencing. A body scan involves a sequence of bringing awareness and attention to different parts of the body and any sensations present.
By doing so, you will be noticing any aches, pains, tension, or other general discomfort. As you do this, you are learning how you can better manage your discomfort or pain. I do this myself every night after I read and meditate. I can still have occasional discomfort with my fibromyalgia at night so this assists me both physically and mentally.
When we reduce our stress using a tool such as a body scan (there are others), physical benefits can occur like a reduction in inflammation, fatigue and insomnia.
Learn more in my Meditation for Stress Relief classes both on Zoom and in person as well as my Mindful Resilience classes coming up this fall. I have many tools to share with you to help you with stress. If you would like to work personally with me on Stress or PTSD relief, contact me.
Here’s a quick 5-minute scan below. Longer scans work great. I have a few in the On-Demand Library.