When we face insecurity, stressful situations and/or any changes in our daily habits, it tends to affect our mind, body and sense of well-being. Such disorders can affect the quality of our skin, hair, disrupt sleep, lead to weight gain (or loss) and anxiety. There are many reasons why stress has such an impact on our lives.
The good news is that we can overcome disruptions and emerge from them as stronger, more shaped and more resilient communities.
One way to achieve this is through mind training and meditation. Meditation is just a term to spend some time, to disconnect from the chaos of life, to try to calm your mind and to be in a calm state of consciousness. Meditation is considered a practice such as yoga or another exercise regimen. It’s just like strengthening a muscle: the more you do it, the stronger it can become. One of the best things about practicing meditation is that you can do it anywhere and anytime without special equipment such as weights, a yoga mat or a blanket!
We’ve created a list of tips to help you get started: Before you get started, try to eliminate all major distractions, such as phones, computer screens, TVs, and loud noises.
You do not need a completely quiet and secluded place to practice. All you need is yourself!
Try to sit or lie down in a comfortable place where you feel relaxed. You can keep your eyes open or close them. Just do what you think is right. Start by focusing on your breathing. Feel the air coming in and out of your body. Just be aware of your breathing and how you feel.
Once you begin to feel comfortable with meditation, you can include other breathing techniques. During your session, you may find yourself distracted by thoughts or other random things popping into your head. When this happens, carefully shift the focus back to your breathing.
There are different types of meditation: some that involve chanting or using affirmations. You don’t have to use them if you don’t want to. If you want, you can choose one or two short words to focus on while meditating.
Even in the most chaotic moments, it is worth remembering that while we cannot control what is happening at the moment, we can choose how to react to such events.
When you meditate regularly, you are more likely to experience the full, long-term calming effects it can have.