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Stress is a pretty ubiquitous emotional state right now — and for many, it’s even an understatement. The pandemic has put a lot of anxiety on everyone’s shoulders. Even if you haven’t personally been sick or had any loved ones fall ill, living in a constant state of low-level threat for close to a year will wear on your mental health.
Unfortunately, poor mental health can cause poor physical health as well. When we feel low, we become less likely to take proper care of ourselves. Plus, the constant release of stress hormones can take a major toll on our bodies. This leaves us more susceptible to a wide variety of health issues. That’s why it’s so important to find a good method of stress relief, such as meditation.
This site is attuned to the substantial power meditation can have in a person’s life. Here’s your guide to getting started with your own meditation practice:
Why Meditation Works
Before you begin any new practice, it’s important to understand the power behind your actions. Meditation can have a big impact on how much stress a person experiences. This all comes down to how it helps you develop mindfulness. This is the act of being mentally present in the current moment. When we’re worried about getting sick or obsessively scanning through news sites, we’re not experiencing the current moment. Instead, we’re allowing our fears to take us into spiraling hypotheticals.
When you regularly practice meditation, your mind learns how to calm down and focus on what’s around you. At first, this will be really challenging to do, but with time, it will become second nature, and the time you spend practicing will be a welcome respite from the worries of the world. Eventually, you’ll notice you’re more mindful even when you aren’t meditating — meaning you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying what’s actually happening around you.
How to Get Started
The first step you should take for starting a mindfulness practice is creating a welcoming meditative environment. Choose a quiet, private space in your home. Ideally, you want a room that’s a comfortable temperature and gets plenty of natural light. You should also make sure to tidy up the room you plan to use — mess creates stress, and you want your meditation space to have a positive, encouraging energy.
To begin, sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor. If you like, you can turn on relaxing music or light a scented candle to help you enter a calm, contented mindset. Set a timer for one to five minutes (to start), and turn your attention toward your breath. Keep your attention on your breath, the physical sensations in your body, and the things you can see, smell, hear, and taste.
If your mind begins to wander, don’t fret — this is perfectly normal. Simply recognize the thought or feeling your mind has turned toward, then gently bring your attention back to the present. If it helps, you can visualize your thoughts as clouds in the sky or leaves in a stream, gently floating into and out of your attention.
Deepening Your Practice
As you become more comfortable with meditation, you can try extending it to other areas of your life. For example, yoga is a wonderful meditative practice that also serves as a means to care for your body. You can also blend meditation into any spiritual or religious practice, or incorporate it into your list of coping tools for therapy.
Meditation gives you the ability to release the thoughts and emotions that don’t serve you, and value those that do. In a time where so much of our lives are caught up in fear and stress, the ability to let go of those emotions rather than let them rule you can be absolutely invaluable. If you need more meditation guidance or elevate your practice, consider signing up for personalized coaching with Lucy.
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