Healthy Lifestyle Routine: Meditation
Hello lovely! I hope you all had an amazing holiday!! This is our final post about routines that can make your life a little bit healthier. It's common sense that if you want to be healthy you need to eat well and exercise, but there is way more to a healthy lifestyle than just that. You need to have the mindset, motivation and practices in place to stay on course. So that's where all these routines come into play; they support your goals by keeping you motivated, positive, and one step ahead of the game. We've talked about:
and now I want to talk about meditation.
To many, meditation seems like something only yogis or hippies do. You may think its too "woo-woo" or that it doesn't really have any benefit so I'd like to challenge you to give it a try and make an informed decision.
Make a commitment to sit quietly for 5 minutes every day for a week and then report back and tell me how you feel.
Meditation is really just about shutting down your engines and taking some time to go inward; to be quiet. We have so much stimulation in our lives that this can be very hard. Believe me my mind is one of the most talkative "people" I know! It never shuts up! But I try! I sit, I listen to what it has to say and let it go!
Do you need to meditate? Have you ever experienced stress? Then the answer is YES!
Meditation reduces stress, increases concentration, increases self-awareness and acceptance, promotes happiness, benefits the immune and cardiovascular systems, and encourages a healthy lifestyle to name just a few of its benefits.
Now you don't have to go out and buy anything there are no props required. You don't even have to sit on the floor if you don't want.
Just find a comfortable place: sitting on a chair, on the floor, laying in bed or on the ground. Pick a time where you have a few minutes of quite (turn your phone on silent), uninterrupted time (busy mom's - laying in bed before you go to sleep or get out of bed in the morning is a great option)! Even better mom's let your kids see you meditating and make it a family affair.
Now close your eyes and just be still.
If your mind is chatty just let the thoughts just pass by, try not to dwell on them.
Focusing on your breath is an excellent way to start. I like the 5-5-5 rule. Inhale for a count of 5, hold for a count of 5, exhale for a count of five. You can do this as long as you would like. After some practice as you are more able to quite your mind you may just do this a few times and then breathe normally.
If you are like me you close you eyes and immediate start thinking how long should I do this for? That's why I recommend using a timer. Set the timer on your phone so there is no guessing. Like I said before, start with 5 minutes daily and see where it takes you.
Another great way to get started is with guided meditation. This way you have someone talking you through where you should focus! This is an excellent option and all you need to do is search "guided meditation" on youtube and there are so many option. Also do a search in your phone's app store; there are plenty of free apps and podcasts available as well! Try out a few and see which you like best!
That's it! Pretty simple right?
- Find a quite spot and comfortable position
- Set timer -or- select a guided meditation
- Close eyes
- Inhale for 5, hold for 5, exhale for 5 -or- follow the guide