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Chill Out Challenge

More often than not it’s hard to find quiet in the chaos of everyday life. Most of us don’t find time to relax until our heads hit the pillow at night. I find whenever I take ten minutes to meditate, that day becomes much more chill overall.

This question in my Ask Jules inbox inspired me to think more about relaxing, and how important it can be when you get caught up in a whirlwind of activities and daily life stuff, even if you don’t feel like you’re “stressed.” Meditation is so important for you overall well being, and I am going to make it a bigger part of my life.

Hi Jules,

First I have to say how happy I am to know you. You’re such an inspiring person, I love your recipes and advices and so much more. 🙂

My question is: Do you have any tips to relax? Sometimes I feel so stressed because I thought about so many things and had so much to do, it’s like I could scream… But of course I don’t want to, so do you have any tips to relax for a few minutes?

Thank you♥

Vanessa

Vanessa,
Great question! I know sometimes I forget how important it is to take a beat and just… sigh. Relax, if only for a few minutes. Centering our minds and giving our bodies a chance to chill is a very important practice.

To me, the word ‘meditation’ used to be intimidating. I wasn’t sure what exactly it was or even how to do it. To meditate is to slow down and hit reset on your body, mind and spirit.

One of the most wonderful things you can do for yourself is take ten minutes each day to meditate. I like to find a quiet, peaceful place where I can sit cross-legged with my back against a wall or tree. With my eyes closed, I put all my focus on my breathing. Whenever my mind drags back to the to-do list or any other stresses, I gently let it go and return my focus to the rise and fall of my deep breaths. This is the best way I know how to find calmness in the chaos of every day.

There are plenty of resources and great tips online to help with your meditation.

Remember, it’s a practice. The more you do it, the easier it will become.

My challenge to you all this weekend is to try meditating for at least ten minutes on both Saturday and Sunday! Silence your phones, find a quiet spot, and just breathe… If you are experienced in meditation, please chime in with your personal tips in the comments!

xo
Jules

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  • Valida

    I found that relaxation and meditation are very important in my life. My kind of meditation is praying, five times a day keeps the stress away ? and brings peace and happiness in.

  • Great post! 🙂

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  • Andrea

    That sounds good, but I just can’t get my brain to stop thinking. If I do sit in a quiet spot I can ger my bidy to rest, but never my mind.

  • Tia

    Meditation is such a great tool! I’m pretty new to it myself, but I had to deal with some health issues last year that required many, many blood tests and IVs, of which I am terrified. By practicing meditation, I was able to cake walk around those needles! I just close my eyes and draw myself to that calm place and it helps sooo much. The more you practice, the easier it is to find the calm in the chaos and diffuse the stress in your life.

    • Taylor

      I’ve been dealing with so many health issues, too (so many blood tests, so many needles!!). I haven’t actually had time to de-stress yet, but I really look forward to it in the very VERY near future. If you have any tips or any specific ways that you meditate, could you let me know? I really wanna get into this soon. Thanks!

      • Tia

        Hi Taylor! Way to be brave and to take care of yourself. It’s not easy, but so worth it! I’m no master of meditation in any way, but I like to use guided meditations to get started. The Calm App is free, or you can go more old school and get a guided meditation CD (I’m sure iTunes has something too). It helped me get started when someone with a soothing voice was guiding me! Also, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive. It’s chock full of inspiration and resourcing for living a balanced, healthy life. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Christina

    I just started using the phone app, Stop, Breathe, Think. This gives you a place to start. I just started meditating this week, and this app really helped. Of course, you don’t have to use an app, but it guides you if you don’t know what to do or where to start. I’ll light a candle or candles and maybe have a cup of tea. One day I even did it in the car while waiting in the school line to pick up the kiddo. It’s really helped with anxiety and also helps me pause and appreciate what I have. 🙂

  • PDuncan12345

    The best method for me to relax is to think about somebody else… usually one of my dogs. I give them massages for 10 minutes or so and we’re BOTH less stressed! It began with a Senior dog I had named Maggie who had arthritis and every night after dinner she’d ask to sit by me on the couch but she couldn’t get up there by herself (and she was a Rottweiler mix). So I’d get up and lift her from behind while she used her front legs and she’d plop down on the couch where I could sit by her and rub her legs and body while I watched the news. It became a habit and a ritual that I look back on fondly now that she’s passed away. Heck, just “thinking” about how I used to help her up and rub her legs and body makes me less stressed :o)

  • Mary B

    Thank you for this post Julianne! I am an experienced meditator. 🙂 I’m laughing as I’m typing this because I actually I think we all are – we just are not always aware of it. What I have found makes a meditation practice effective is finding one that works for you, allowing the way that practice looks and feels to shift and change as the needs of your day and life change, and to always schedule it in each day whether it’s 3 minutes or 30. My own practices shifts between seated stillness, with or without mantras or music to movement based forms like yoga practice or walking – again with or without music, Sometime my practice is silent prayer. A meditation practice is much easier to maintain and effective when it is shared with other like minded people, maybe in a yoga class, a church group, or online communities – so again thank you for this post. And, thank goodness for the internet and so many wonderful easily accessible and even free tools. Some of the resources I have found helpful are Somina and Yoga International. I find some of my favorite mediation music streaming on Amazon and Pandora. Apple Music is also one of my favorite tools to use to help mediation.

  • Keeona Stewart

    This is so helpful! I do yoga and it is relaxing, but meditation is another great thing to practice on. Even when I don’t feel stressed, I still need to make sure that I have a happy body, mind and spirit every single day. I will definitely do this more often.