Stress is so common nowadays that most of us don’t really feel it anymore. It is just a part of our day to day lives.
Most of us work hard at our jobs, and then come home to more commitments like looking after the kids, house work, yard work, the list goes on and on. Our minds are running 24/7!
As health professionals one of the biggest and most common contributors to pain is stress, we see this day in and day out.
This is where practices like meditation come in!
Meditation is an ancient practice used all over the world to help us focus on mindfulness and to be present in the moment.
It can be done anywhere and only takes a few minutes (unless you want to do more!). Did I mention that it costs nothing??
The practice of meditation helps to create a sense of perspective, you’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings but instead learn to observe them without judgement.
Your aim is to be present and to rest in the moment, fully engaged with right now.
So what are the benefits of regular meditation?
- Reduced stress
- Manage feelings of anxiety
- Increases compassion
- Enhances self awareness and even self love
- Increases focus and concentration
- Improves quality of sleep
Meditation has been proven to help alleviate stress after just eight weeks of a regular practice.
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Meditation basically helps us to be a better version of ourselves! We can all use a little bit of time to be in the moment and take control of our thoughts and emotions. It doesn’t have to take a long time either. It can just be for a couple of minutes at the start or end of your day. There are however a variety of different types of meditation, so you can find one that works for you!
- Mindfulness Meditation: When practicing mindfulness meditation, you observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgement.
- Transcendual Mantra: Reciting a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound, or small phrase, in a specific way.
- Guided meditation: This process is led by a guide, you are often guided to use as many senses as possible, such as smell, sounds, and textures, to induce calmness in your relaxing space.
- Vipassana Meditation: Vipassana teaches us to simply focus on the breath and physical sensations.
- Metta Meditation: Those who practice recite specific words and phrases meant to evoke warm-hearted feelings. “May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.”
- Chakra Meditation: Chakra meditation is made up of relaxation techniques focused on bringing balance and well-being to the chakras.
- Yoga Meditation: This involves performing a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises meant to promote flexibility and calm the mind.
Learning to meditate is like any other skill, it takes consistent practice to get comfortable with and it’s important to note that there is no such thing as perfect meditation.
There are heaps of resources to help guide you through meditation such as the Headspace app, the Mindfulness app and even videos on youtube.
I hope you find the right meditation journey for you and get to your inner zen.
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.
Love Erin x