Meditation is a powerful tool that can be used to improve your mental health.
Meditation is the practice of focusing your attention on a specific activity or object, in order to gain insight and relaxation. It's been around for thousands of years and has been proven to have incredible benefits for our mind and body.
Have you ever tried to meditate? If so, you know it is a lot harder than it sounds. But the benefits are endless; there is no reason not to try. Studies show that just ten minutes of meditation a day will help you lower your stress level, feel calmer and more relaxed, be more productive and focused, improve your energy levels, sleep better, etc. You can find a million reasons to justify not doing it. But the rewards of trying are limitless.
Studies have proven that meditation reduces stress levels by lowering cortisol (the hormone responsible for stress). Meditation also increases serotonin (a chemical in our brains that affects our mood) which helps us feel happier or calmer.
The benefits of meditation are well documented and numerous. A few of the most important include:
-Reduced stress levels
-Improved focus and concentration
-Increased energy levels
-Better sleep quality
-Improved immune system function (less colds)
Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on a single object, thought or activity. It is used as a form of relaxation and stress reduction, as well as a way to enhance one's spiritual connection.
Meditation can be practiced as part of an exercise routine, but more commonly it is used alone.
When you first start meditating, it might feel a little strange to sit still and focus on one thing. But don't worry! There are many different ways to meditate, and all of them can be helpful in their own way.
The basics of meditation are simple:
Find a comfortable position where you won't be disturbed for at least ten minutes (laying down on your back is usually easiest)
Close your eyes or focus on something in front of you like an object or picture (you can also choose not to close your eyes)
Focus all your attention on one thing such as your breath or another physical sensation (this is called concentrative meditation).
As you become more aware of your breathing and any thoughts that come into your mind, say a few words to yourself like 'inhale' or 'exhale' to help keep your focus on your breath.
When you start to monitor your breathing, don't be concerned if distracting thoughts enter your mind. Just observe them as they pass and focus on the sensations of each breath.
It's okay if your mind wanders. Just take it in stride and accept that you probably won't be able to fully clear your mind of all thoughts! A little practice every day can go a long way to helping you relax, so get started today. The point of meditation isn't to let your mind fully clear, it's to train yourself to let go of the thoughts you have that are hurting you, and just focus on the good ones and your breathing.
So, try meditating for yourself, and see if it works for you. And remember meditation doesn't have to be complicated or difficult, so don't be hard on yourself if you find that it takes a few tries to get used to it. With a little practice and patience, though, you'll find that the results are well worth it.