Following on from my post about having counselling (if you missed it, it’s here) so I wanted to follow it up with an array of posts about how else I care for myself and my mental health. This leads to me on to meditation, another technique I use for my own mental health to keep my in check and keep me grounded.
What is Meditation
Officially is means “Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state” according to Wikipedia. And for once in their lives, they’ve hit the nail on the head.
There are different ways to meditate, and since it’s such a personal practice there are probably more than any of us know about. There are a couple that are usually focused on heavily in scientific research, though. These are focused-attention, or mindful meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.
Be aware of how meditation gives you more time, not less. And by doing this you will enable yourself to live a better life. Meditation shouldn’t be something that is added to your day, it should be part of your day. Try every morning getting up and doing ten minutes and within days you will begin to see the benefit. But stick with it, it may take some time!
The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information, even after a single 20-minute meditation session if we’ve never tried it before.
I am a personal fan of breathing – and throughout my day – and through life, I am always doing the breathing technique that works best for me. You can use it at work, on-the-go and even when you’re going to sleep.
How Can I Meditate
There are an increasing numbers of books, apps and YouTube videos to try – this is the best place to start is you are new to the practice. I personally love Calm and Headspace. Both offer free services to a limited point, before they start charging you. They offer simple and easy meditation soundtracks to practice with.
But if you want to up your game a little and delve deeper, then I’d recommend learning from a teacher. Find someone who is local to you, or over the internet to work with you, and they will be able to tailor their teachings according to your specific needs.
Meditation will enable you to have a better night’s sleep each night, meaning you will wake up with even more energy. You will be calm, clear, confident and creative, and thus be able to make good decisions and prioritise tasks in a way that gives flow to your day. You won’t waste time in arguments, procrastinating and spending the day feeling lost, you will have a clear mind and know exactly what needs to be done, both in your work life and personal life.
Do you meditate? Let me know your top tips!