What is Meditation & Why Should You Try It?
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Meditation is a set of techniques used to promote an increased state of awareness and focus on the present moment, creating a healthy, positive perspective on life. The goal is not to turn off your thoughts and feelings, but to instead observe them without judgement. This leads to a deeper understanding of who you are and creates a stronger sense of inner peace, calm, and happiness!
Research shows that meditation can:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce depression, and
- Help with chronic pain
Think of meditation as an exercise for your brain. Just like exercising muscles, consistency is key! Set aside a little time each day, finding a time that works best for you in order to create a habit. We recommend first thing in the morning to start your day, or right before bed to calm your mind.
There are many types of meditation to choose from:
- Guided meditation
- Mantra meditation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Tai chi
- Relaxed breathing
- Body scanning
A key concept of meditation is mindfulness, and we will delve more into this topic in our next post, so stay tuned!
Are you ready to give meditation a try? To begin, we recommend guided meditations of 5-10 minutes to start. This will help you stay focused. See the links below! If you’re ready to try meditating on your own, find a quiet, comfortable place, set your timer, close your eyes, and focus on taking slow, deep breaths.
One very important thing to remember is that meditation can look different for everyone! It also takes practice, so be patient with yourself. It’s totally normal to have a wandering mind at first. Acknowledge those thoughts with acceptance, then bring your attention back to your breath.
For more information and help to get started, check out these free resources:
- Phone apps: Insight Timer, Smiling Mind, FitOn, My Life
- Podcasts: Daily Meditation Podcast from Declutter the Mind, Mindful in Minutes
- Youtube: 5 Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere, 10 Minute Meditation for Sleep
There are tons of free resources on the internet, so explore and find what works for you!