The Benefits of Meditation
When things get busy, our minds are typically the first thing to start working against us. The stress and anxiety of having a long task list, a lot of responsibility or feeling like things are out of control can cause loss of sleep, memory slips, and even panic attacks. One valuable way to stay on top of your mental wellness is to practice regular meditation. Even just 5-10 minutes of meditation each day can help you maintain a calm while being busy and better manage your cortisol levels when things get chaotic. Additionally, meditation can help with…
- Changing your perspective on challenging situations
- Developing stress management coping skills
- Improving self-awareness
- Staying present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Lowering resting heart rate
- Lowering resting blood pressure
- Getting better sleep
- Stimulating imagination and creativity
- Improving patience and tolerance
A Simple Meditation to Clear Your Mind
There are lots of different ways to meditate and many different methods to approach this powerful healing technique. In this article we are going to walk you through a simple meditation that can be used to clear your head and maintain peace. If you are new to this, always remember that there is no bad meditation. If you find it difficult to keep thoughts from leaking in and get distracted, that is OK. Like anything, meditation takes practice.
We want you to focus on letting go during this meditation. Letting go of thoughts, things that worry you, your to-do list, anything you find your mind attached to that could be causing you stress. Just for this 5-minute window, let those things go and give yourself permission to find a moment of peace. Set this intention before you begin, and the meditation will be easier and more effective.
Meditation Exercise: Set a timer for five minutes. When you are ready, start the clock, close your eyes and simply count your breath from one to ten then back down to one. Breathe normally, no need to take deep breaths unless your body feels the need. As thoughts come up, and they will, let go of them and bring your attention back to the breath and counting. Continue for as long as you like, but try to maintain it for five solid minutes.
The first time you try to meditate, it might feel a bit awkward. It’s ok if that happens. You will find as you practice more meditation your mind gets better at staying in the moment rather than wandering off to any number of thoughts or ideas. Quickly you will find that you are able to spend these five minutes and longer in a calm, focused breathing exercise that helps you maintain peace throughout your day.
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