Published On: August 23rd, 2021|318 words|1.1 min read|
Alison M. Whitehead, MPH, C-IAYT is the program lead for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center in the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
When our days feel overly busy or stressful it can be nice to slow down and find moments of stillness. There are many ways to do that throughout the day, even if just for a minute or two. Here are a few ideas:
Take a slow mindful walk/stroll in nature.
Take a pause and a few slow, deep breaths.
Find a peaceful spot in nature to sit and soak in the natural beauty.
Take some time to read a relaxing book, collection of poetry, or other favorites.
Do some gentle stretching or take a gentle yoga or tai chi class.
Another way to find stillness can be through meditation. There are many different styles of meditation. Some are more energizing while others are more calming. Some types of meditation focus on the breath or sensations in the body. Yin meditation encourages being open to what might unfold during the experience of the practice. A yin meditation helps us to be curious, open, and gentle towards our inner experience and can support self-compassion. Yin meditation can help us to slow down and cultivate a sort of fluid stillness, like a still pool of water.
Find a comfortable posture and find stillness with Dr. Juli Olson, VA program lead for Acupuncture, as she leads an 8-minute Yin Meditation.
VA’s Whole Health approach incorporates self-care techniques, including mindfulness, to help you find stillness and to be more conscious of your thoughts and feelings. This type of practice can help with relaxation, processing grief and improving focus. To learn more about mindfulness, visit https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/veteran-handouts/index.asp.