Meditation is great for those looking to find that peace and quiet they have been craving. So many celebrities and gurus swear by it, so I thought it was about time I gave it a go. The truth is, finding that time in your busy schedule to sit in silence is nearly impossible but forcing myself to do this really has allowed me to clear my mind and my thoughts.
How do I meditate?
- Sit tall
Posture really is key. Sit on a level ground with a straight back and your eyes closed. But make sure you are comfortable; otherwise you will not want to carry on
- Relax your body
We carry so much tension around with us without even realising. This is the perfect opportunity to release all of this.
- Concentrate on your breathing.
This may sound a little odd to begin with but it really helps you relax yourself. Focusing on one thing allows you to let go of all the other thoughts running through your mind, so you can truly relax.
- Calm your mind.
Control your thoughts. Stop stressing about what you need to cook for dinner or which of the kids have forgotten their PE kits and focus on the now, the silent and calm experience you are creating for yourself.
There are no set times for when or for how long you should meditate for. The best way to start is little and often. But be sure to not push it on to the back burner. Make this a part of your “me time” and you really will start to feel peace and tranquillity if only for two minutes a day!
We live in 24/7 world where we are all rushing on to the next thing we have to do or the next place we have to be and it is exhausting. Mindfulness allows us to be present at that moment in time, something which is a rarity today.
The idea of being present in that very moment and being aware of everyone and everything around you allows us to understand ourselves even more and helps calm our minds and our anxieties.
Mindfulness takes time and practise but there are a few simple steps which can help you on your way to mindfulness:
- Focus on your breathing. Breathing is the key to relaxation, slow down your breathing and control it. Breathe in for 6 seconds, hold for 2 seconds and exhale for 8. Slowing down your breathing and gaining back that control is perfect for just before an interview, presentation or situation that causes anxiety.
- Be non-judgemental. Remind yourself that not everything needs a response or negative thought. Sometimes the best thing to do is just to let things be and carry on with your own thoughts and feelings.
- Be mindful of others. Be present in a conversation, really engage yourself and listen to whoever you are speaking to. Being there will really help you enjoy and experience the company and opinions of others.
- Go for a walk. It may sound simple and obvious but it really does help. Taking a walk can help relief stress and boost your mood which is perfect after a hectic day.
Mindfulness brings all of your attention and awareness to your surroundings. It allows you to really connect with your feelings and with yourself which can help with anxiety and stress, something which we all suffer with!
The most frustrating situation is knowing that you got the recommended 8 hours of sleep but are still struggling to get out of bed in the morning. But that tired feeling which lingers can be due to more than just your sleeping patterns, the habits we have or the things we do or do not also play an important role in that tired feeling which lingers all day.
- You’re eating the wrong foods – so many of us snack on the wrong types of food which do not fuel our bodies in the best way. Our body relies on carbohydrates for energy, but today’s diet includes refined and processed carbs which eats up all of your energy in the long run.
- You are low in iron – your body needs iron to make red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. A lack of iron can cause a strain on your body so it is vital you you’re your iron levels at a healthy rate. You can get iron through meat, nuts and dark leafy green vegetables.
- You’re not drinking enough water – the recommended allowance is 2 litres of water per day. But the reality of it is, the majority of us do not drink enough water. Dehydration caused fatigue as it decreased the volume of blood in your body making your heart work harder. Carry a water bottle with you as a reminder to keep drinking throughout the day.
Fight that fatigue and keep your body on top form to help you keep yourself happy and healthy. Make sure you follow these three top tips and see if you notice a reduce in your fatigue throughout the day.