Life is always changing and sometimes keeping up with the next challenge is difficult. As we go through an array of emotions during each day such as feelings of anger, sadness, worry, and anxiety. It can feel impossible to find happiness. Self-esteem is often low, and for that, the negative thoughts come and the obsession with stress and poor sleep start.
Luckily there is a type of treatment that can help you with your emotions, and the daily stressors of life. This treatment is called Meditation but is also known as mindfulness. To practice meditation you do not have to be religious, you can simply use it to make yourself feel better.
The world is a hectic place where things are always happening and when you take part in meditation or mindfulness it will help you to forget about the things going on around you and live in the moment. Mindfulness is a practice that if you do often you can become very good at and there are many benefits to your health and here are some results you could expect.
Health Benefits of Meditation
- Improved sleep
- Reduced stress
- Weight loss
- Improved digestion
- Controlling negative thoughts
The reason mindfulness is so powerful is that every emotion that we feel comes from the breathe. For example, when you are angry you maintain the anger with your breathing pattern. In our minds, we know what things will trigger us. If you have ever seen someone having a panic attack, it is usually triggered by an event that causes worry for the person but the panic attack is maintained because of the irregular breathing. The person at that time is stuck in the cycle of anxiety and the only way to get out of it is to change the breathing pattern.
If you want to be in good mental health and want to feel happy more then you should practice mindfulness daily even for 5 minutes as it will prevent negative thoughts and will overall improve your focus and make you feel calm. Now that you know why meditation is a must for your mental health, let me show you below a quick guide to meditation.
5-minute meditation for beginners
To start your meditation you will want to find a quiet place where you can sit down either cross-legged on the floor or by sitting upright on a chair with your feet on the floor. You can put your hands together or put them on your lap. Then you can begin breathing in through your nose for 3 seconds, hold the breath for 3 seconds, and then out through your mouth for 3 seconds.
After doing this a couple of times you will want to then close your eyes and continue breathing. This will help you to get rid of any negative thoughts and anything that is worrying you, making you feel anxious or depressed. After doing this for a few minutes you may feel a little bit dizzy or even tired, this is completely normal. Continue to breathe and remember that meditation is about being present in the moment. Whilst breathing you can think about certain parts of your body.
There are some things that can help with meditation, from a buddha ornament that reminds you to be mindful, to essential oils that will give you even more health benefits and will calm your mind linking your relaxation to a specific scent. For that we recommend exploring aromatherapy.