#SpiffyHealth 10 Day Meditation Challenge
I will often have friends and family ask me about stress management that doesn't require time. "What can I take to reduce my stress?", "What oils can I use to eliminate my anxiety?" "What supplement do you use to relieve stress?"
Although I am a strong believer in using essential oils and even supplements on occasion, the truth is, none of these alone can reduce your overall stress. What can? 10 minutes a day.
The most effective way, I have found to reduce my stress, is through meditation and prayer. I find benefits from just 10 minutes a day. Instead of thinking of these 10 minutes as one more thing you have to schedule, time away from your loved ones, or something else to fit into your tight schedule think of it this way. This 10 minutes a day will help me be the best I can be. I will be under less stress, in more control of my emotions, and feel better physically. Therefore, I will be in a better place to encourage my loved ones, organize my thoughts and calendar more efficiently, and handle life's every day stresses.
In other words: This 10 minutes is adding time to my life by making me more efficient!
Benefits of meditation, from Deepak Chopra:
• Relief from stress and anxiety (meditation mitigates the effects of the “fight-or-flight” response, decreasing the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline)
• Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
• Lower cholesterol levels
• More efficient oxygen use by the body
• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
• Restful sleep
Ok, now that you know why you should do it, the question is How? How do I make time for this in my daily life?
Make it a Priority
You must decide that reducing stress and living a happier, healthier life is important to you. It effects how you treat those around you and how you deal with daily situations. This is all up to you.
Tell Your Friends
This is a huge one for me. When I am incorporating new habits into my life, I make it a point to tell my friends and family what I am doing, why I am doing it, and how I am planning to do it. This not only gives them the opportunity to participate, but also opens me up to accountability. Encourage them to be part of your journey. Be open to questions they may have.
No one is perfect. There will be days when you do not make those 10 minutes of meditation a priority. That is ok. Forgive yourself and move on to be successful the next day. The most important thing is to not let one missed day define you. Remind yourself why you are doing this and keep going.
Where do I find these 10 minutes?
- Wake up 10 minutes earlier
- Do it right before bed
- Use 10 minutes of your lunch break
- Ask your family to take a 10 minute walk, and give you the house
Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water will be hosting a 10 day meditation challenge to help you jump start your meditation practice. Keep reading, because there is an amazing giveaway!
How the challenge works:
The goal is to spend 10 minutes a day for 10 days straight. The challenge will start October 19 and run through the 28.
How do you enter:
Meditate for 10 minutes a day and show us!
We will be using Instagram to keep track of entries. (Don't have Instagram? See bottom of post to see how you can still enter).
To be eligible you must take a photo at least 5 of the days throughout the course of the 10 day challenge, between October 19-28 and use the hashtag #SpiffyHealth. The photos can be of anything you like. Maybe you want to take a cute selfie of your meditation that day, maybe you want to share an inspirational quote or proverb that encouraged you in your daily meditation. Whatever you choose, simply use #SpiffyHealth. Have fun and be creative. So to break it down:
1. Meditate/Pray 10 minutes a day for 10 days straight.
2. Take a photo at least 5 of the days and use the #SpiffyHealth.
3. Be eligible to win!
Now for the exciting part. The Giveaway!
For one randomly selected winner, we will have a gift basket containing these items (and possibly a few more goodies):
- Full Bottle of Lavender Oil from Native American Nutritionals
- $25.00 Publix Gift Certificate
- Handmade bowl from Naked Art Gallery designed by Betty Young Ross
- All Natural Skincare packet from Lena's Lemongrass Spa
- Handmade crocheted scarf and herb sachet from Stitches from My Heart
I hope you will all join me as we focus on improving our physical and emotional well-being through just 10 minutes a day. Immediately following our challenge on November 2, I will be participating in the Oprah and Deepak 21-day meditation challenge. This is how I got started over a year ago on my meditation journey. I encourage you all to participate as well. It's completely FREE and there is a guided meditation every day.
For Those That Do Not Have Instagram
To enter to win if you do not have the Instagram app, simply keep a little journal of your thoughts during your meditations. You must share at least 5 journal entries to be eligible. Email your journal entries to Jessica@spiffyeats.com. You will be put into the random drawing with all the other entries. Good luck!