Have you ever thought about meditating? The ancient practice is suddenly trending and it appears literally to release tension from our overthinked brains, turns down negative thinking, reduces anxiety and keeps our emotions in check.
The pros are… stress reduction, antiaging, stronger immunity. The cons are…none, basically. It’s like a wonder drug with no side effects.
Meditation is a really simple, but yet a life-transforming skill that can help you to relax. In the beginning many people find it difficult to focus and help their mind release all its thoughts. Thankfully, there are many tools that can help you achieve your zen.
Experts will say that there is no right or wrong way to do it, and the more you start meditating, the more effects you will see and you will eventually realise that your mind wanders less.
How to meditate:
- Find a nice, quite place, it’s important that you feel relaxed and comfortable in that environment. There is no right or wrong time – but even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
- Some people find it easier to meditate with light music or other relaxing sounds in the background, while others prefer total silence. It’s completely up to you how you chose to meditate. Finding appropriate music might be challenging, since it must help you relax and it shouldn’t distract you, so feel free to experiment and find out what works best.
- Sit down, relax and rest your hands on your lap. Usually people meditate by sitting on the floor crossed-legged, or sitting on a chair with their feet resting on the ground.If sitting crossed legged isn’t comfortable or painful for any reason change posture, but remember to maintain the natural curve of your back.
- Breath slowly and deeply, if you feel comfortable close your eyes. Begin by inhaling with your nose and exhaling from your mouth slowly and deeply. Do not force your breathing – let it come naturally and if deep breaths make you feel dizzy, breath at your own paste.
- When you are breathing deeply you will begin to feel calmer and more relaxed. But you must remain focused and mindful of your breaths. It’s natural for your mind to slip away, and the important thing is to realise it and bring your attention back to where it should be. Your concentration will improve with practice.Tip: If you feel your mind is wandering you can count your breaths. Don’t count until large numbers, try counting up to 5 and then start from the beginning.
- At the end, open your eyes and stand up slowly. Embrace the clear mind feeling, the positivity, the comfort and strength of your body and take them away with you.