We’ve all experienced how it feels to go through a stressful time – maybe you’ve changed jobs, moved, or even lost a loved one. These periods of heightened stress are usually when we are most aware of how it feels to be “stressed” or “overwhelmed”… but what about all the other times? What about all the moments in-between, when we put our heads down and move from day-to-day? What about our everyday waking lives full of deadlines, grocery shopping, meetings, soccer practice, holidays, and birthday parties?
Coping With Daily Stress
Time magazine speaks to a major reason why North Americans are becoming increasingly more stressed: “Many more of us suffer from stress dysregulation than we did 40 years ago. Mainly through excess cortisol — a key stress hormone — this dysregulation makes the typical stress response too easy to trigger and too hard to turn off. This leaves us feeling highly agitated (even with no reason) and without effective ways to self-regulate and get back to a calmer, more functional state.”
It can be much more difficult to sense our baseline stress levels when “stress” is essentially synonymous with everyday life. Most of us have become very good at championing the phrase “I’m ok” or “I’m good thanks”— without even a genuine reflection of if that’s how we’re really feeling. We then go on to bury our heads and continue to truck on, without really checking-in on how our mental space is really doing.
One of the ways to become more mindful and less reactive is through regular meditation practice. Meditation helps us become more aware of our own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to everyday life while also helping us cope with daily stress.
Daily Stress: Meet Dan, Liza, and Trevor
We wanted to introduce you to Dan, Liza, and Trevor — three real-life individuals who use Muse to help them find balance in their day-to-day lives. They shared their challenges with balancing work and life, being fully present throughout their day, and pursuing important goals, and how Muse has helped them by starting a daily meditation practice.
As Dan mentions “…like most people, I live a busy and constantly interrupted life”. Muse has helped him get a handle on how to cope with everyday stress: “…it would help you focus, it would help you de-stress, it would help you become less reactive. Basically giving strength training to my concentration and my ability to stay focused… and not be distracted by every little thing that comes.”
Similar to many of us, Trevor also notes that “…all the little things are just flying through your head all the time, and it all adds up to a pretty stressful situation especially if you are trying to balance a whole lot of things at the same time.”
Coping With Daily Stress: Meditation
Are you someone who needs a little help cultivating a daily meditation practice? Maybe you’ve tried meditation before but never been able to stick with it consistently? Muse helps provide real-time feedback as well as trackable results to help you stay engaged, and stay consistent.
Learn more to see how Muse can help make you calmer and more focused HERE.
If you’re a practitioner who would like to improve your own personal practice or if you have patients that you think could benefit from a device that can quickly and effectively teach meditation techniques, join our professional’s program HERE. When you sign-up you’ll have access to 15% off our regular priced Muse headbands with your professional account.
You’ll also have full access to our Muse Dashboard – where you can:
- Receive preferred pricing on products
- Monitor and track patient progress
- Gain access to our additional learning material and professional resources