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The Three-Minute Anti-Stress Meditation Secret
Three minutes of creative visualization can be as refreshing as a nap.

Traffic. Family. Work. Exercise. More traffic. Sleep deprivation.

The stress of modern life is enough to self-medicate with a pint of Häagen-Dazs, right? 

Instead, try the Three Minute Cure, an easy and intuitive meditation developed by John Sahakian, a Los Angeles-based clinical hypnotherapist and yoga instructor.

Breathe Sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath at your nostrils or in your chest, and count 12 to 15 long breaths.

See As you count another set of 12 to 15 breaths, visualize yourself somewhere pleasant and safe: the beach, on a hike, perhaps with a loved one.

Say In another set of breaths, use your inner voice to remind yourself that life is a gift, and that you are thankful to learn new things. In a final set of breaths, tell yourself that a positive mental outlook is the most practical way to overcome obstacles.

Now was that so hard? (Just be sure to pull over to the shoulder first.)

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