In a State of Panic? Just Breathe
When it comes to life – and school – there are many times you may find yourself juggling. On any given day you could have practice for this week’s game, a debate club meet, a ton of calculus homework, and your mom insisting on your attendance at a family dinner. Not to mention that you have a huge test that you need to be preparing for. That is enough to make anyone run full-force into a state of panic!
Here is the trick to handling it: Just breathe. Really, that is all it takes. Well, that and these few key meditation techniques:
- Take a moment to focus on gratitude. Allow yourself to relax as you let your body be overcome by this gratefulness. Note: Do not begin meditation until you find yourself contented and blissful.
- Next, find yourself a place to sit (or lie) that is comfortable – and quiet.
- Now, close your eyes.
- Then, breathe in and out normally and slowly. Pay attention to your breath, as well as how your body moves and reacts with each inhalation and each exhalation.
- Do not let your mind be distracted by noise or your own thoughts. Focus on your body and your breathing only. If your mind begins to stray, bring it back.
- Continue this exercise for the next 10 to 20 minutes.
Meditation can be very helpful when you find yourself overwhelmed – even if it is only for a few minutes! Give it a try and see how easily this tool can fit into your hectic life!