Updated: Jan 4, 2021
We tell ourselves that we’ll be fine.
Guess what? Your car just broke down.
How do I get to work on time? This will surely kill my promotions!
Unfortunate things happen to us daily. It is easy to stay pessimistic during these hard times. Essentially, we as a society have a clear view of mental health and its overwhelming effect.
But what if I told you we can rid of stress as easily as ABC?
Let’s dive into these easy and free ways to stay positive!
The simple act of paying attention to your breathing can significantly calm you down. One of the ways is to count from 1 to 5 when inhaling and exhaling. Do this for 5 minutes and notice how you feel afterward. This helps the mind to be still and clear. Try it now!
Change Your Focus
Millions of thoughts race through our minds constantly. Often, it is one of the negative thoughts that stick to us like glue. One quote that I cherish is, “Overthinking is an art of creating problems that aren’t there.”
We overwhelm ourselves with what could happen, instead of focusing on living in the now. Next time you notice yourself drifting into thoughts, change your focus by telling yourself, “the most important thing is to keep the most important thing, the most important thing.”
Meditation is easy. Many believe that it is intense, and it does not have to be that way. Meditation is taking the time to pause and relax. You can simply dedicate one minute of every hour to stop what you’re doing and be still. If you have more time you can sit down, eyes closed, and imagine the feeling of taking a break. No matter what, comfort is the priority.
Practice mindfulness is easy and free. Hopefully, you will try these methods and improve your day as a result.
Author: Wasurut Vihokrut, CRA, is an experienced meditator who applies Buddhism’s teachings in everyday lives. His perspective of a younger generation provides unique insights into combining Buddhism and modern-day society. He spent months as a Theravada monk in Thailand and the US. He regularly volunteers as an instructor at many DMC meditation centers including D.C., Boston, and New Jersey locations.