Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel all stressed out? Are you short-tempered? Do you feel you have lost the joy in your life? If you have answered yes to even one of the question above you should meditate no doubt. I often feel as if we have diverted away from our roots and have lost ourselves in the hustle and bustle of this world so much that we have lost contact of ourselves- the sole cause of mental disorders like anxiety and depression.
Where there is no general way out, we all can make small changes in our routine to help us get a sound perspective on life. One such way is meditating. You may attach words like bogus, boring, ineffective, and pointless to meditation but it is anything but all of these words. Meditation however is the best remedy for people with anxiety and for stress management along with anger management by helping you concentrate and eliminate extra thoughts from your mind.
What is meditation?
Meditation in its simplest form refers to learning how to pay attention. When implemented properly, meditation allows you to slow down and observe the world around without judgment. If meditation for you is sitting cross legged on the floor and repeating a set of few words over and over then its time you read this article to get a whole new perspective. Meditation helps you enter a deep state of relaxation or a state of restful alertness. Mediation is a medicine that helps you reduce stress and fatigue and is also helpful for generalized anxiety disorder.
Where there is no single way to do it right or wrong, the following tips will help you engage and start at first. Let me break it to you first, if you think mediation will instantly turn you into a completely different person right away, then that is not possible and would feel weird at first. However with time it will get better and help you take a moment to just sit and think nothing, which is not as easy as it sounds, but will eventually comfort you along with helping you cope up with anxiety.
Start by 5-15 minutes a day and so on
It is better to start off slow and get yourself used to this whole routine altogether and then increase the time span to thirty minutes maximum. Giving yourself five minutes a day either before breakfast in the morning or before going to bed at night can make you feel better instantly and help you cope up with anxiety.
If you are a parent, there are several other things you are thinking about at the moment and this is the time where you stop thinking at all, take a deep breath and start your meditation. Even if you are of any age, you have constantly surrounded yourself by multiple thoughts and that’s what meditation helps you with- helping you increase your focus by eliminating these thoughts and concentrating on your breathing only. It helps connect your body and mind spiritually, makes your concentration better and helps with anxiety and stress which is too common nowadays.
Relax and get comfortable
Some like to stretch before meditating, others like to lay still, depends on your preference and what makes you more comfortable. Stretching helps your body loosen up and relax to help you get your mind in the zone and start the meditation.
Choose your position
There is no hard or fast rule when it comes to deciding which posture is the best to meditate, there is no such thing as perfect posture for meditating. It all depends on your personal preference, where some might like meditating while sitting, others might be more comfortable lying down. However, make sure to keep your posture straight and not slouched- sitting or standing, the key is to make yourself comfortable then trying to force yourself in a posture you are not comfortable in.
Focus your mind on breathing- eliminate all internal distractions
What most of us forgets is our thoughts are the biggest distraction. Anxiety is hard to deal with, especially when you have so many thoughts constantly hitting you once and you don’t know how to control the. Meditation helps you with bringing your focus to a more stronger feeling, your breathing and eliminating everything else. The key here is to relax yourself and let yourself heal by focusing on your breath and eliminating all other thoughts and distractions internally as well as externally. Make yourself comfortable and start inhaling and exhaling through your nose and your mouth- the trick here is to not force yourself but let it come naturally. You will feel calmer and more relaxed after a few deep breaths once your lungs get more filled up with air and you breathing goes more deep and slow. And then you repeat the entire process again till 5 minutes and more.
Stop and drop
This is a posture that people with anxiety can add to their meditation regime. Where meditation is all about helping you with anxiety but this can help you further. What this requires is for you to stop your head and drop it into your heart. The thing about anxiety is it is all in your head and so anything that gets us out of our head is good.
Practice is the key
Mediation is not a race, where most of us are so consumed of winning and doing everything quickly, meditation helps you put a stop to such traits and connect internally. By practicing you can get even better and feel better altogether.