I am sure many of you are in the midst of your new year’s resolutions. You’re going to the gym, eating healthy foods, drinking more water, getting organized, making your bed, etc. But, have you considered doing something good for your mental well-being?
Well, I think you should! Have you ever thought about meditation?
I know that as soon as I mentioned meditation at least half of your just rolled your eyes at me…and that is fine. But, just hear me out for a minute.
I have talked many times on the blog about keeping your head in the game, staying positive, or curbing your emotions to meet your goal. All of these things require you to think through them before creating action. However, sometimes there is so much going on (either around you or in your head) that you can’t process everything.
The way I get around this is to meditate. Now, I don’t sit down and meditate for hours on end. I top out at around 10-15 minutes, 2-3 time per week. And my meditations don’t always look the same. Sometimes I just sit and breathe, sometimes I use an app to guide me, sometimes I make a list, sometimes I do yoga, and sometimes I take a walk. Anything that takes my mind off of things.
Here are the benefits I see when I meditate regularly:
- Being able to put things into perspective
- Reducing anxiety
- Gaining self-awareness
- Feeling like I have “me time”
- Overall better mood
Now that I have (hopefully) convinced you to give meditation a go, you may be asking where do I start? Well, at first it will be trial and error. You will need to find out what works best for you. Here are a few things I use that you may like too:
Calm is a website/app that has guided meditations you can pick from depending on your mood. There are a ton of meditations to try and listen to on the app. My favorite is “Breathe” – it consists of a visual representation to help you slow your breathing and take deep, focused breathes with some calming music in the background. You can do it for as long as you want.
Stop, Breathe, Think
Yes, Alexa can do everything…even help you meditate! If you have an Amazon Echo or Dot all you have to do is enable the Stop, Breathe, Think Alexa skill. Every day it will give you a new meditation that lasts no longer than 10 minutes. If I use this tool I usually do the meditation right after I have answered (or tried to answer) all the Jeopardy questions for the day 🙂 They also offer skills for a meditation timer and meditations to help you sleep.
One of the ways I meditate is to make lists. These lists could include things I need to do, things I need to buy, things I need to pack, etc. I just really like the idea of writing the thoughts out of my head. Sometimes though, you don’t necessarily know the list you need to make. So, one day I was in my local bookshop and found this book: The 52 Lists Project. The book provides you with a new list prompt every week. It’s really great and makes you think about all kinds of topics. I look forward to creating my list every week.
Now, go forth and meditate! I know that meditation doesn’t work for everyone, but I at least encourage you to give it a try. Find the type of meditation that works for you.
I would love to hear how it goes! Or if you already meditate, what do you?