Will there ever be an end to stress? This thought recently popped into my mind because I tend to stress about the future. Don’t you? I set goals and then tell myself I can relax once they’re reached. Sometimes it works. For instance, I studied my brains out and finished my Anatomy course then I took some time off. Or another example is, once I pass this milestone in life, everything will fall into place and will be perfect. Like, once I finish my degree, I will be set and on my way and I won’t have to worry about anything. I’m sure a lot of you can relate.
After meditating on this for a while, I realized that it’s true in some cases: there can always be time to relax and there will be times when you will feel set in life. But there won’t really be moment when you realize everything is perfect because things fell into place exactly the way imagined and you can “just be” for the rest of your life (unless, of course, you maybe win the lottery but that opens a different can of worms and possibly new problems if you don’t know how to handle it…I digress…but wait, that’s just it! :)) The truth is, once life is in order, there will be other problems and issues to deal with. There’s always something, right? It reminds me of the famous words of John Lennon: “life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” You can stress and plan for the future, but there’s so little of the future that is actually in our own control. Most of the stressing is unnecessary. The point is to be open to everything and leave room for change. Don’t put on blinders to the rest of the world. Being staunch on plans can only make for missed opportunities.
Amidst all this craziness that makes you feel like you need a vacation to throw your cares away and ease your mind, I have one suggestion: meditate. Treat to yourself. 🙂 Take a little time to turn everything off, unplug and just be. There’s really nothing better than being on vacation and if you can go on a mini mental vacation every day, you will begin to feel mentally lighter and happier. Meditating and quieting the mind for even 5 minutes a day can ease stress and loud noises going on in the head. It opens you up to good mental health, inspiration, greater ambition, passion, etc. This is only part of the many reasons why meditation is so important. Besides, what bad can happen when you set aside time to stop thinking?
Spend five minutes each day meditating. Breathe in and breathe out and focus on nothing else but that. Your mind and body will thank you.