For the past year, I’ve been meditating off and on. I hadn’t been too serious about it until one day recently, I realized my energy was low and I felt I wasn’t recovering quickly enough from my workouts. I thought, maybe now it’s time … so, for the past 30 days, I’ve been meditating every day.
We live in a stressful world. From social media to our jobs, there is so much competing for our time and attention. We are one of the wealthiest societies in history, yet stress and anxiety are on on the rise – something clearly isn’t working. The pandemic has been the final straw for countless of us and we’ve realized we may need some kind of relief or something might need to be changed.
Maybe meditation could help out in some way? But will it do anything?
Meditation has many reported benefits, some of which are the following:
- Reducing Stress
- Promote emotional health /reduce anxiety
- Improve sleep
- Be more present / mindful
HOW TO MEDITATE AND HOW LONG?
For the longest time, I had always heard about meditation but never really thought too much about it. At the beginning of the pandemic, like everyone else, I was also looking for things to do. So, I went on to YouTube and started searching for videos.
I found hundreds with titles like ‘Guided Sleep Meditation’, ‘Guided Meditation for Anxiety’ or ‘Meditation for Deep Relaxation’ – the list was massive.
I arbitrarily tried one video, ‘Guide Meditation for Relaxation’ It was one person speaking in a very relaxing voice with music in the background, guiding you through a one-hour relaxation session with an emphasis on breathing and affirmations.
After that first experience, I felt very calm and relaxed and I believe it soothed my mind but I didn’t continue consistently until this past month.
You can meditate anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. For me, I like to lay in my bed with a pair of headphones for about an hour in the afternoon, or I’ll do a sleep meditation in the evening for about half an hour. If I find I don’t have time, even a quick 10-minute one can fit the bill.
WHAT I FOUND
After 30 days, this is what I’ve noticed:
- I feel more relaxed. Essentially, your brain gets a bit of a break during the meditation.
- I think I am more present and I’m not thinking too much about the past or future. Meditation can help with those restless thoughts because you’re focusing on your breathing in the moment.
- I don’t feel as physically tired – essentially, the longer sessions are like naps, so yes, it kind of makes sense.
- I think I feel less stress. I don’t worry as much (See #2 – being more present or mindful can help with worrying)
Anyways, I plan on continuing meditating and I think it will be an important part of my daily routine going forward.
Maybe next time, instead of watching a video for entertainment, why not check out a quick video on meditation?
As always, Health before Wealth!