Work life, personal life, or the balance between the two...talk about stressful! While there may be moments when you want to just scream, run and drop everything, there are better ways to combat that and deal with life's pressures.
Meditation is a simple and effective way to steady the mind and help you manage stress. Here is a breathing meditation technique that will help you to slow things down and increase productivity.
Mindful Breathing Meditation
Mindfulness is the practice of awareness of the present moment, which enables us to dissociate with the past and future that trigger stress. By focusing on the rhythm and sensation of your breathing, you will thus force your awareness inward and challenge you to stay focused.
The Practice: Sit comfortably with a long, straight spine and find a slow breath. Begin by counting your inhales and exhales from 1-10. When you reach ten, start again but count backwards to 1. Repeat this 5 times. When you've completed 5 cycles of breath-counting, continue to breathe at this calm, steady pace for 2-3 minutes.
Use this meditation twice daily to improve focus and attention.