You’ve probably seen a lot of people speaking about ‘meditation’ but what does that mean?
The likelihood of most of you reading this, have exceptionally busy lives, and even busier thoughts. Our thoughts can whirl round so fast we often feel like we’re exhausted, simply from thinking about everything we have to do, what someone has said, or a scenario you’ve created as the outcome of the latter.
It’s time to heal your mind.
Meditation Stops Anxiety And Worry
Anxiety happens when we buy into our fearful thoughts and then obsess over the possible outcomes. Meditation trains your brain to step back from those thoughts, gain some distance, and, as a result, become a calmer person.
Studies have been proven to support this.
- Every thought, experience, mood, belief, emotion and action is a series of electrical impulses firing off in the brain, fed by various chemicals.
- Each time they fire off, they strengthen. So every time you repeat an action, thought, belief or emotion, you physically strengthen that connection — literally, your brain changes.
- As you strengthen connections, other connections fade away and the physical structure of your brain changes.
So why should you meditate?
Meditation makes you HAPPY!
It turns out, 96% of the participants who practice meditation scored as “happy,” while only 56% of non-meditating participants scored the same. What’s even more interesting is the results were the same across all demographics, so age and even years of practicing meditation didn’t have an effect on the results. Only one result stood out — those who meditate are happy.
Meditation Alleviates Stress
Depression is an illness, and meditation can help alleviate the symptoms, but what about depressive and stressful feelings in people who don’t suffer from depression?
It turns out that even healthy people can see great relief from everyday stress by simply practising meditation.
Different types of meditation:
- Guided meditation
- Calming meditation music
Where to start:
Spotify / Youtube has tons of different types of meditation. Trial and error which you respond to best.
If you’re a beginner, guided meditation may help you learn the different stages of meditation OR you may prefer to start with calming meditation music (which isn’t guided) to help your brain recognise the sounds and allow your subconscious to recognise when it’s time for the mind to settle.
There is no set time to meditate, it can be 20 minutes in the morning or evening, or it can be an hour. It simply depends on how quickly your mind can settle, and how much is on your mind. The tip to successful meditation is persistence. Guided meditation will allow you to zone in on specifics which help your mind focus on one singular thought. If we tell you to think of elephants, the likely chance is you’re thinking of them for a moment and cannot focus on another thought. Guided meditation in particular will help you focus on your surroundings which makes it difficult to think about that pile of paperwork, or all of your emails at the same time!
Last but not least!
- It’s free
- It’s easy
- And anyone can do it!