Meditation is a word that’s always thrown around in the wellness community, but what does it actually involve? Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in silence and reflecting on your life for half an hour; I mean it can if you want it to but there are other ways of meditating as well!
Meditation, to me, is anything that can make you feel calm and at ease with yourself. Whether that’s sitting down and just breathing for a while or taking yourself off on a walk, if it brings you peace it’s meditation. Despite it’s benefits, many people don’t include meditation in their daily routine and honestly sometimes neither do I! No one’s perfect, and sometimes life just doesn’t allow the time to get back to yourself. HOWEVER, I always aim to practice meditation most days and here’s why I think you should to.
First of all, it’s so GOOD for your mental wellbeing. Taking time out of your day to breathe and clear your head can be so helpful in reducing stress and giving yourself the opportunity to relax.
Not only that, but it can also aid your thought processes. I’m currently at the tail end of exam season at university and often meditation can help me think more clearly and calmly about my revision. A quick meditation session before I start to work can make my studies much more productive.
It’s all well and good me saying how beneficial meditation is, but how do you actually practice it? It’s surprisingly easy to incorporate meditation into your daily routine, for example you could take ten minutes out of your lunch break at work or school to head to a quiet place and have a quick session. Likewise, you could turn your morning cup of tea or coffee into a time to reflect and put your mind in a great place to start the day.
There are also hundreds of app that can help you meditate. I currently use Headspace as I like the fact that the meditation sessions are guided and talk you through breathing and visualising techniques. If you don’t want to subscribe to a service then try browsing Youtube for some free meditation sessions, or check out a podcast and see if that feels right for you.
At the end of the day what app or video you use to meditate really isn’t important. You don’t even need them to practice meditation! As long as your chosen method puts you in a calm and reflective state then that’s meditation, and trust me, you’ll start to feel the benefits in no time.
*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Headspace in any way, I genuinely use and enjoy their meditation programmes*