Summer is the Perfect Time to Start a Meditation and Stress Management Program

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You’ve probably been hearing for a while about the link between stress and multiple diseases, whether it’s heart disease and high blood pressure or obesity and diabetes. Stress is also linked to everyday health problems like headaches and gastrointestinal distress, as well as anxiety, depression, and distractedness.

At Columbia Internal Medicine, board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Padma Sripada is dedicated to whole-person care and never rushes through your appointment. She designs her practice around treating patients in the Castleton, New York, area with a powerful combination of traditional and integrative medicine techniques.

If you’ve decided to take the reigns from the multiple stresses that are affecting your own health, summer might be the perfect time to start learning an ancient practice that has taken the US by storm over the last 30 years -- meditation. Take that, mind-racing insomnia and stress!

Meditation is but one instrument in your stress reduction toolbox

Dr. Sripada and our dedicated team will help you fill your stress reduction toolbox, so you’ll have lots of options for self-care. A meditation practice, yoga, diet made of whole foods, and time spent on hobbies and with good friends are all powerful weapons in combating stress.

The one technique you may or may not be as familiar with is meditation.

What does meditation look like?

Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is a mystical practice that originated in India and later traveled to China. Today, the Western world has widely adopted the practice, which involves mindfully focusing on your breath, closing your eyes, and calming your mind.

A daily 10-15 minute meditation session has been shown to strengthen your immune system, help you sleep better, and improve your overall quality of life, among other benefits.

When you practice mindfulness meditation, you develop more awareness of your thought patterns and, if needed, reframe any negative patterns.

On the other hand, concentration meditation involves sitting in a quiet space and focusing on a single thing, such as a repeated phrase or something visual. That being said, you can try to start meditating when you are standing in line to buy groceries or waiting for the train.

Since Dr. Sripada hails from India and her approach to wellness incorporates positive health practices from her home country, meditation is a core wellness practice she'll discuss with you. During your visits, Dr. Sripada will assess your stress levels and determine the best approach to free you from your stress.

We’ll help you develop a stress reduction plan of action

When you have these stress reduction techniques under your belt, you’ll likely notice that you’re not turning to another glass of wine or a TV binge-watching session to decompress after a hard day.

Another byproduct of our stress reduction program might be enriched relationships with family and friends and even improved productivity at work. Call us today to learn more about Dr. Sripada’s sound and holistic approach to wellness.

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