Reduce Stress with Meditation

This guest editorial by Susan Cooper, L.I.C.S.W., GIC EAP Response Specialist describes the benefits of meditation and gives some “how to” tips for doing so.

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Guest Editorial by Susan Cooper, L.I.C.S.W., GIC EAP Response Specialist

Many agencies and municipalities report that their employees experience stress in the workplace. One of my recommendations for dealing with stress is meditation, the practice of resting the mind and trying to detach from your stressors. The goals of meditation are to slow the cycle of repetitive thoughts and regain a sense of control, enabling you to feel more resilient in tough situations.

To practice meditation, follow the steps below. You can also download guided meditations, including Calm, Headspace, and Omvana, on your mobile phone.

  1. Make yourself comfortable.
  2. Focus on a positive thought/image (such as picturing yourself in your favorite place), or on your breath.
  3. If you notice that you are distracted, bring yourself back to your positive thought/image or breath.

If you feel better, you’re doing something right! Chances are you’ve slowed your heart rate, breathing rate, maximized your energy level and decreased fatigue.

I recommend practicing meditation three times per day, for two minutes each. Meditation takes time to learn, so be patient! The goal is not to be a perfect meditator but rather to become a more a relaxed, effective person. There’s no time like the present to start feeling better!

Susan Cooper, L.I.C.S.W., is the GIC’s EAP Response Specialist. Contact her if you would like a Meditation or Stress Management workshop at your office 781.994.7424.

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