Life can be stressful, overwhelming and difficult at times. The constant demand and ringing of the 21st century can be exhilarating, but it can also wreak havoc on our nervous system. In this post, Maria Kotsonis, MA, CCC-SLP of the SLP Wine & Cheese podcast shares how yoga and meditation have improved her life and practice in amazing ways. Wishing you all the best for a relaxing, well-balanced week.
Let's face it: adulting is hard. The first step is admitting that. Life can be stressful, overwhelming and difficult. Yet, it can also be beautiful and rewarding. The choice is ours for what we mindfully choose to focus on. What has helped me balance my work, personal, social and personal life? Yoga and meditation have greatly changed my outlook.
Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about my commitment to mindfulness. This includes my family members, parents of children I work with, and of course my friends. The research speaks for itself. A consistent meditation practice has been shown to literally change and re-hardwire the human brain. Research has shown it decreases stress, depression, anxiety and the “fight or flight” response.
All the evidence I need I have collected and continue to collect is in my own life. I truly believe a consistent yoga and meditation practice has made me more patient and less likely to instantly react. I notice myself pausing and reflecting before responding. I will observe, monitor and label my own thoughts. “Oh no, you are self-sabotaging. Stop it! Replace this behavior and go do something good for yourself!”
I try my best to meditate every day once a day for roughly 8-10 minutes. I motivate myself and say,
“If I have 10 minutes to scroll on social media, then I have 10 minutes to dedicate to myself.”
I prefer to begin my day with guided meditation first thing in the morning. It sets a great tone and vibe for the rest of the day. It has become part of my routine and it helps get me out of bed. Throughout my day I practice deep breathing. As a result, meditation has also made me more aware of my every day decisions. When I begin to feel run-down, I allow myself downtime. I like to say, “I did the best I could for today” right when I leave work.
Yes, life is busy, stressful, and demanding, but it can also be beautiful and rewarding. The choice is ours for what we mindfully choose to focus on.
On my podcast, SLPS Wine & Cheese Podcast, I talk about meditation in further detail. I discuss what apps and podcasts I like to listen to for guided meditation. My podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Iheartradio, Youtube and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. You can find it here.
-Maria Kotsonis MA CCC-SLP
Insta: @slps_wine_and_cheese_pod & @maria_kotsslp
Maria is PROMPT Certified and uses this approach extensively during her diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of clients.
She has experience working with clients with: autism, language disorders, fluency, sensory-processing disorder, articulation disorders and voice disorders.
When Maria is not working she enjoys recording episodes of SLPs Wine and Cheese, practicing yoga and traveling the world.
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