Let’s face facts. Millennials are the most stressed-out generation our society has ever seen.
We are constantly being bombarded by stressors. The stress of work, social life, health, you name it!
Our bodies are consistently in a primal “fight or flight” mode and it’s easy to overlook self-maintenance. That is until it’s too late and your body forces you to sit down and relax.
Still, it’s easier said than done to just relax.
Daily meditation is helpful for our mental and physical health. Life is already stressful enough and now with a worldwide pandemic, many people are experiencing increased anxiety and stress. Some people stay away from meditating because of things they’ve heard about it. On one hand, some people imagine that you have to be in a completely cleared out room sitting there with your legs crossed in some Buddhist temple. Adding meditation to your daily life is much easier than you think.
That “fight or flight” response isn’t just mental, there are physical repercussions. Physically when we are relaxed we have lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and you tend to be in a better mood because of the reduction of stress.
Meditating is a great way also to unplug from all the screens and applications and social media. It’s a great way to tune in to your own internal frequencies.
Daily meditation is helpful for our mental and physical health. Life is already stressful enough and now with a worldwide pandemic, many people are experiencing increased anxiety and stress. Some people stay away from meditating because of things they’ve heard about it. On one hand, some people imagine that you have to be in a completely cleared out room sitting there with your legs crossed in some Buddhist temple. Adding meditation to your daily life is much easier than you think. f medical conditions such as cancer and AIDS.
You can begin intentionally getting into a meditative state anywhere you’re able to close your eyes and sit still. We have to train our bodies to let go.
One of the easiest ways to begin your meditative practice is through the relaxation response, a technique to get to the opposite reaction of your “fight or flight” responses. It’s a deep state of relaxation that slows down your breathing, heart rate, metabolism, and blood pressure. Yes, you can do all that by just relaxing and intentionally working at fighting your primal instincts! WOO!
First, start by getting comfortable. You can either be seated or lying down. Sitting may be better then you won’t be tempted to fall asleep. Make sure you have good posture and close your eyes.
Make sure wherever you are isn’t cluttered and full of distractions.
Start by relaxing your muscles. Focus on your feet and move upward to the top of your head feeling every muscle relax as you think about it. Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth.
If other thoughts about anything other than what you were currently doing come up for you while you are in this meditative state that’s OK. During a meditation session, it’s completely normal to be thinking about other things. Acknowledge the thoughts and don’t dwell on them. Ignore and dismiss any worries and focus on breathing.
It’s OK to start out small. Try meditating for a few minutes and then work your way up to five minutes. Try 10 minutes a day or more if you want. It’s important to focus on your breathing. It helps with tuning out all the white noise that’s in our brains and gets you aligned with your rhythm. It’s even OK to repeat to yourself a phrase like, “breath in, I am relaxed; breath out, I am calm and happy”.
The last thing you can do is completely optional and not technically part of meditation.
If you have anything that you need to get down on paper, start journaling for a few minutes all the thoughts you had while you were meditating. Did you have any visions? Maybe you had a great idea for your business. Did you come up with a new list of things you wanted to get done this weekend?
Meditating for me is not just a way of physically relaxing, but it also helps me to get clear of distractions and come up with some of my best ideas.
Just remember that meditating is different for everyone. Some people have visions and come up with amazing ideas and see lots of different visualizations. On the other hand, others are just completely relaxed and still and there is quiet darkness. Not in a bad way! Just in a completely relaxed way. Both are completely normal.
Allow yourself time every day to turn off the distractions and focus on yourself. Most of us have 10 minutes they can spare in a day. If there aren’t 10 minutes that you could use to start your practice then you haven’t made the effort. Think about your schedule and get creative! Maybe it’s 10 minutes before your kids wake up. Maybe it’s 10 minutes during your lunch break at work. Perhaps it’s 10 minutes before you go to bed.
It’s easy to make excuses, but going for it and putting in the effort can make all the difference!