Did you know that daily meditation can help with your stress levels? This ancient practice is used by people all over the world everyday because it gives them time to clear their minds and focus on being present.
Perhaps now more than ever it’s important to simply live in the moment instead of constantly being glued to our technology.
When you meditate, you close your eyes and focus only on your breathing. It’s normal for thoughts to pop up in your mind as you do this, but don’t let it frustrate you. Simply acknowledge the thought and then let it float away.
As you incorporate meditation into your daily life, you’ll find that those thoughts pop up less and less.
To set the mood for your meditation session, find a place and time where distractions are avoidable. Perhaps it’s early in the morning before everyone in your house wakes up, or on your lunch break sitting in your car.
While long meditation sessions are beneficial, you really only need 10 minutes a day to see
Completely relax your mind and body and focus only on your breathing. Think about how good it feels to breathe in, and then breathe out. Continue doing this and try not to focus on anything other than your breathing.
As you go about your day, practice mindfulness in everything that you do. This means ignoring cell phone notifications, thinking about other tasks that have to get done, or taking on more work than you can handle.
Remember that quality trumps quantity.
You can also practice yoga, which is often referred to as meditation in motion. Just like mindful meditation, you don’t need a lot of time to do yoga. In fact, your mind and body can see immediate results with just 10 to 20 minutes a day.
And thanks to the internet, there are plenty of free videos and articles demonstrating basic yoga moves. There are even multiple stretching exercise videos on my youtube, so go check those out for a beginners video!
Be sure to invest in a thick yoga mat before trying any moves, so as to cushion your body. And just as with mindful meditation, be sure to do it when and where you won’t be interrupted.
Also remember that meditation can be as simple as sitting on the edge of your bed or in your car. It doesn’t have to always be on the floor!
With regular meditation, both mindful and yoga, you’ll soon be on the way to living a more relaxing life!