We all have those days when we feel we’re set on “auto pilot”. We go through the motions of our day without really being present in what we’re doing. Personally, I hate these days. I don’t like feeling like I’m not really living my life; feeling like you’re in a fog can strain relationships and can sometimes even prevent you from making decisions that you would normally make.
Last week I felt this way all week, so I decided to try something new- I tried meditating.
I knew some of the basic benefits of meditating, of course slowing down and taking some time to be mindful would be beneficial; but what can meditating really do for us?
- Meditating can help decrease anxiety and depression
- Helps to preserve our brains as we age
- Can lower our oxygen consumption rate
- Enhances the immune system
- Increases your attention and concentration
- Help us make more mindful decisions
I’ve meditated in the past but never regularly, I find I’m quite good at putting things off. So I figured the easiest way to track my progress would be an app. I downloaded the app Headspace – it’s a great app when you’re trying to learn to meditate. There are tons of apps out there when you’re just starting out so it’s important to find one that works for you. Headspace has a very approachable method to meditating. Before you know it the 10 minutes is up and you’re done. You walk away feeling awake and refreshed, and depending on the day sometimes in need of a nap. Last week I was feeling super emotional ( yes I did have my period) so I thought I’d meditate even though I really didn’t want to. Oh Boy! didn’t it help slow my racing thoughts and relax me to a point where I was able to salvage the rest of my day and actually be productive.
Listen I get meditating might not be for everyone and that’s obviously fine, but don’t knock it till you try it. You might feel way better. However, these are my tips if you decide to try it.
- Make sure you won’t be disturbed or distracted. The key thing for me is to be left alone if you live with others to let them know that you need some time to your self. Being interrupted mid meditation will throw off your flow.
- Start small! When I first started meditating I really wanted to meditate for long periods of time, but just like anything else, it’s something you have to work up to.
- Don’t be hard on yourself! Remember you just took a couple small steps to better yourself and that is something. Try and recognize that your brain will wander and that you may have more trouble slowing your thoughts down than you expected.
I hope this post has opened your eyes up to something new that maybe you didn’t consider before.