The power of meditation is not to be sniffed at. For so long something that many of us overlooked, meditation has quickly become a popular form of stress relief and relaxation and in our increasingly busy lives, its benefits can really pay off. One of the most adaptable forms of stress relief out there, meditation can be performed wherever you are, whenever you want, making banishing any anxiety a real breeze. Want to find your little corner of calm amidst a whole lot of chaos? You just need to follow these simple steps.
- FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
When you’re starting out in mediation, it’s easy to get lost in a jumble of posture techniques, mantras and sitting positions which can detract from the exercise’s real purpose. Essentially, good meditation is all about your breathing, so if you want to keep things really simple, you can try taking a few long, deep breaths. Closing your eyes while you breathe and counting in and out for a beat of 5 can really help to regulate your stress levels and allow you to see more clearly.
- KEEP IT REGULAR
If you’re having a particularly busy and stressful day, finding the time in which to meditate properly can be all but impossible. The key to maintaining stress levels is to look for the gaps in your schedule and use them as an opportunity to meditate. It might only be 5 minutes here and there but by really switching off and breathing deeply even for a brief period of time, you can significantly calm down.
3. MEDITATE WHILE YOU MULTI TASK
Working consistently can make proper meditation more of a struggle, so if you find yourself overcome by multiple tasks, you can try incorporating relaxation techniques into the job at hand. Tasks such as replying to emails, commuting to work or talking on the phone can all be offset by simple meditation techniques such as deep breathing. The more that you practice, the more easy that focusing on proper breathing and posture will become while you are doing other things. Meditation on the go can significantly boost your productivity and relieve your levels of anxiety. Who said that work had to be stressful?