Meditation For Beginners

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Here is a bonus read for today. If you have thought about meditating but are unsure how to go about it, this article will help you get started.

Meditation isn’t something just for monks in the mountains. Anyone that wants to can learn how and practice meditating. By meditating, you can become much better at being self-aware, mindful, thoughtful, calm, and much more! Keep reading to find out some great tips on meditation for beginners.

Take It Slow

Meditating isn’t something you master in a day. The mind isn’t something we can ever have complete control over. The important thing is how we process our thoughts and control our ACTIONS. Start by finding a guided meditation video, recording, or written guide that is relatively short. As a beginner, a two-hour meditation exercise can be overwhelming and unproductive, so take it slow. Just like with physical activity, you don’t want to start lifting heavy weights or running triathlons—you need to train and build up to that!

Go With The Flow

During everyday life, we can often push down and bottle up feelings we experience at any given time. It can lead to anxiety, irritability, and more. When you begin meditating regularly, you are taking time out for yourself to process all these emotions appropriately. It allows you to take stock of these feelings, ask yourself why you feel/felt that way, and then let them go and move on. Meditation isn’t about the complete emptiness of the mind. It’s about taking the time to focus and let go of negativity through mindfulness and consideration.

Set Yourself Up For Success

A relaxing environment looks different for each of us. Some people feel most relaxed in a bubble bath, while others do when they are outside sitting on the grass. There’s no set rule for WHERE you should meditate. Other than that, it should be a place that is quiet where you can focus and be relaxed. Make sure you have the tools you prefer as well. These can include headphones, a blanket or pillow, a book or creative project (such as crochet) to wind down beforehand and/or afterward, a timer, water, comfy clothes, etc. Think of things that make you feel relaxed and happy, and incorporate them where you can.

I hope this has made the possibility of practicing meditation less intimidating. Anyone open to it can do it! Make sure you take the time to do it consistently, so you can find it more accessible and easier to process your thoughts and feelings in healthy ways throughout the days.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.

P.S. Happy meditation!

Get Enough Sleep

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Sleep tends to be a much-underestimated part of our well-being. You will always hear about how much you need food, water, and air to survive. However, sleep gets left at the wayside of these keys to survival. Keep reading to find out just how important it is to get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation has nothing but adverse effects on the body. One of the most significant impacts it has is on your brain. Sleep is necessary for your brain to rest and process each day’s events. (This is why we dream!) When your brain isn’t getting enough recovery time through sleep each day, it doesn’t function as well. As more time passes, the less efficient your brain will be. Reaction times are slower; you can’t process the things you see quickly, your balance gets compromised, thought processes become messy and inconsistent, and many more cognitive issues result from lack of sleep. You can also experience crankiness and mood swings by not getting enough sleep; in extreme cases, you can even hallucinate!

Another massive blow to your health that comes from not getting enough sleep is what happens to your immune system. When you sleep, your body works on healing and building up all the cells that help you fight infection and disease. Your body can’t properly defend itself from getting sick without enough sleep. A weakened immune system can lead to many problems like a higher risk of diseases, infections, and even chronic conditions like heart disease and lung illness.

Not getting enough sleep can cause weight gain and even diabetes! Without a proper sleep schedule, your body can’t release enough hormones like insulin and leptin. These help you process sugars and feel when you’ve had enough to eat. When these hormones are out of whack, you will have a heightened appetite; and you will also be at a very high risk of developing diabetes.

So what can you do to prevent all these problems and more? Get enough sleep! The average amount of sleep every adult should be getting each night is between seven and nine hours. If you struggle to get enough sleep, schedule a sleep study with your doctor to find out why. Many things can contribute to sleep deprivation, so make sure you pay attention to your habits and possible health issues to achieve a healthy sleep schedule!

Until later, get some sleep, and keep the faith.