A Healthy Habit: 4 Reasons to Start Meditating
In an increasingly fast-paced world filled with endless distractions and stressors, more people than ever are exploring meditation as a means of boosting their physical and emotional health.
Everyone and anyone can do it. Meditation does not require any equipment and you can practice with just a few minutes every day. From sitting in the lotus position for an hour of complete silence, to a *three-minute power pose, or grounding exercise as you walk down the street*, simply find a technique that works for you.
It may not feel natural at first but stick with it. Build on your practice over time and you will begin to benefit in the following ways:
1. REDUCED STRESS
We all experience various levels of stress throughout our daily lives, and there is little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our wellbeing. With many of us now based at home, it is an ideal time to explore how mediation can help to counterbalance the anxiety we may be feeling.
When we reach the deep relaxation that meditation offers, our systems reduce the level of cortisol flying around our bodies. We feel less agitated and more composed. The same effect is also achieved when trying an activity such a yoga, which combines meditative breathing and relaxation with controlled physical movement.
2. INCREASED SELF-AWARENESS
Meditation helps us to build a stronger connection between our mind and body. Physically, as we become conscious of the breath, we can focus on how our body feels. Are there any niggles we need to address? This ‘checking-in’ helps us to begin to appreciate our bodies, and all that they do for us.
And by letting thoughts pass by without judgement, we can develop an understanding of our emotions and nurture our compassion for ourselves, and others. Over time, this can help us to feel more kind and loving to ourselves, and in tune with our sense of self.
3. IMPROVED FOCUS
Meditation is based on being very much in the moment and working towards a state of ‘flow’ where our mind feels in complete harmony with itself. This is achieved with regular practice to gradually improve our ability to switch off from distractions and to concentrate on being present and engaged with ourselves. It is like a mindfulness workout for the brain!
Over time, our enhanced focus and mental clarity become intuitive, and we can calm the internal chatter and the external disruptions in our daily lives to conquer tasks more efficiently.
4. BETTER SLEEP
Meditation can help promote better sleep precisely because of the benefits outlined above. A regular practice will relieve stress and promote a relaxed and peaceful mindset. And by meditating at bedtime, we can reduce our feelings of stress and agitation. We can focus on controlling the racing thoughts that stand in the way of falling (and staying) asleep. We also give ourselves optimum opportunities to rest, knowing we deserve time to recharge.
HOW TO START…
Choose an approach that works for you and want to you want to achieve:
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* Explore the many free meditation apps available for guided sessions and quick tips.
*Take time to meditate regularly to build a practice that becomes a habit. Set a reminder on your phone at the most convenient time for you– i.e., get up a few minutes early to take advantage of quiet time in the morning. Alternatively, try a meditation at bedtime.
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