Meditation: How To De-Stress and Recharge

Guest author: Roberta Whitney Hughes

Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the things that you need to know about being on this new journey to heal and recover? I imagine the news of your diagnosis felt like a heavy weight placed on your chest and shoulders. From that first moment of hearing the news, it has been a whirlwind of information to process, treatments to consider, and choices to make for your path to healing.

While I myself have not been in your shoes, I have walked alongside friends and family members who have walked a similar journey as yours. What I have learned through the process is that each person’s healing and treatment journey is unique. At the same time, most people who are on a journey to heal and beat cancer tend to have similar feelings: fear of the unknown, overwhelm from the choices, and defeated by the endless treatments.

I am here to share in your healing journey by offering a tool that can help quiet the unknown, settle the overwhelm, and bring faith and hope to the journey. This tool can shift your mindset and inspire a feeling of calm, especially on the hard days. Even better, this tool can accompany you on your treatments and put your mind at ease a bit as you sit and wait for the treatment to be complete. What is the tool? It is meditation.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice that helps you focus your mind and become more aware. With practice, meditation can clear the clutter in your mind and help you find a feeling of peace and calm. While many people imagine that they have to sit cross legged with their eyes closed for hours on end to meditate, I am here to offer some good news. That isn’t the truth. You can meditate lying down, while walking or standing, and even while sitting in the recliner during chemo. Once you find the technique that works for you, you will be able to de-stress with meditation and inspire healing in your mind and body.

How Does Meditation Help?

Meditation helps to reduce the symptoms of stress and inspires your body’s natural ability to heal. The practice triggers your body’s relaxation system. When you find yourself in a relaxed state, you become more at ease and your body is able to receive what is needed to heal and recover. In a relaxed state, people have reported having better sleep, more self-awareness, better memory, and a more positive mood. These shifts in mood and mindset often lead to reduced stress levels, fewer headaches, lower blood pressure, and better health.

Do I Need A Lot Of Time To Meditate?

When I first came to a meditation practice, my children were 14 months old and 5 1/2 years old. Time was a precious resource, and I didn’t get much time to myself. I quickly learned that as little as one minute could help me shift my mood and transition into the next thing. You, too, can benefit from these small slivers of time taken throughout the day to boost your mood and improve your focus. I encourage you to look for small pockets in your day where you can pause, take a deep breath and meditate. Some people will meditate while drinking their morning coffee, before they open up their laptop, after dropping the kids off at school, or while taking their dog for a walk.

I Have A Hard Time Quieting My Mind.

Here’s a little secret. Meditation is a practice to teach you how to re-direct your thoughts and change your relationship to your thoughts. If you ask anyone who meditates if they have a quiet mind, they will likely say no!  In meditation, you learn to observe the thoughts and let them go. As you let go of thoughts, the mind becomes less cluttered, and sometimes the mind becomes quiet. The more patient and consistent you are with your practice, the easier it will become to find those quiet moments.

If this still seems daunting, try guided meditation. When you have someone guiding you every step of the way, the brain is more engaged through listening and many of those pesky thoughts disappear.

How do I begin?

While it isn’t necessary to go to a class or do any formal training to begin a meditation practice, it does help to begin with some guidance. I have created many short and long guided meditations to help you begin the practice. I encourage you to choose the same spot in your day where you will meditate. Visualize where you will you do it and make sure that space is one you can return to over and over again. The more familiar your practice becomes, the more likely you are to keep it on your radar. If you prefer to have company, a friend or spouse can be your meditation partner and help you hold yourself accountable.

Can I Meditate with My Kids?

Kids can benefit from becoming still and meditating at any age! Try this practice to create a bedtime ritual and help everyone let go of the day and move into a place of rest.

  • Diffuse some lavender oil.
  • Light a candle.
  • Take three slow, deep breaths together.
  • Invite each person to share one thing they are grateful for from the day.
  • Set a timer for one minute and sit in the silence of gratitude together.

If you are looking for ways to de-stress and recharge, look no further than meditation! It is a simple practice that will get easier over time and the benefits are worth the effort.

If you need help choosing how to begin, reach out to me and I can create a personalized play list of guided meditations to accompany you on your daily healing journey.

About the Author: Roberta Whitney Hughes is a self-care expert and a yoga, Pilates and meditation teacher living in Colorado. She helps people develop a healthy relationship with stress, feel better about their body, and invest in the value of their self-care. Roberta can help you discover, share and create experiences that support inner harmony, health, and the art of PeaceFull LIVING. As a member of the Trying Not to Die – LIVE community, you will receive a 30 day Membership to PeaceFull Living to begin your meditation practice. You also receive a complimentary consultation to customize your Self Care Success plan. Click here to schedule your consultation and begin your journey today:

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