Lots of people are experiencing anxiety and stress at the moment. Health and money worries are causing sleepless nights for many and it can be easy to let your mind run away with you.
During these trouble times, it’s even more important to look after your mental health and one of the ways to do this is through meditation. In this blog we take a look at meditation and how it could help to calm your mind and ease anxiety.
What is Meditation
Meditation is a type of mental exercise that improves focus and can help with relaxation. Often accompanied with breathing exercises it is a way of clearing the mind of stresses and strains as well as finding inner peace. Some times of meditation will involve visualising a relaxing place, others focus on breathing or tensing and relaxing different parts of the body in turn as a way of distracting the mind.
Benefits of Meditation
There are lots of psychological benefits of meditation – it can help you to view the world more positively, reduce depression and ease stress and anxiety, but there is also evidence that meditation can boost cognitive function and increase grey matter. People that frequently practise meditation often find that their sleep greatly improves too.
You may have heard the phrase mind over matter, well studies have also proved that meditation can reduce pain felt in any area of the body and can even boost the immune system.
You can read more about the positive effects of meditation here.
Types of Meditation
Meditation can take many different forms, from mindfulness meditation focusing just on the moment you’re in, to spiritual meditation which aims to heighten spiritual awareness and incorporates the use of essential oils.
If you’re new to meditation, then it may be a good idea to try a guided meditation, where somebody will take you through breathing techniques or visualisations that are designed to help you focus. There are lots available online and we’ve listed a few below in our meditation resources.
There are lots of resources easily available online to help you start out with meditation, including apps, websites, books and playlists. Aim for relaxing music or calming sounds such as the sea or bird song, which will help you to enter a relaxed state.
- Headspace guided meditation.
- Mindful guided meditations.
- Spotify meditation playlist.
- Mindworks Beginners Guide to Meditation.
- Best Meditation Books.
- Meditation Podcasts.
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