There are dozens of articles, blogs, and apps for your smartphone dedicated to meditation. Through meditation you can find your calm, having it on your phone allows you to do this anytime from anywhere. Even just taking a few minutes each day to meditate and focus your thoughts can help improve your mental health. Recent research has looked into how meditation can change the brain and how it can put you in control of your mental health. Legacy Freedom offers the best Raleigh mental health services this spring. Call us to learn more.
Quieting your mind, slowing your breathing, and finding peace can help soothe your body and your mind. Meditation is becoming a popular treatment method for everyday stress, physical ailments, addiction, and mental health disorders.
Emotional and Mental Benefits
- Improved decision making and critical thinking
- Helps you live in the now and let go of the past and anxieties of the future
- Increases your ability to detach your emotions regarding an action from the action itself
- Breaks unhealthy thought habits
- Reduced production of the stress hormone cortisol
- Slows breathing patterns and improves respiration
- Boosts immune system function and rejuvenation
- Improves sleep quality
To begin a meditation practice, start by meditating ten minutes a day or more. Establish a space in your home that is dedicated to your meditation practice. Create your own sacred space by putting a chair in a corner near a window or put a cushion on the floor and surround it with candles. Knowing you have someplace to go that you love will help you feel drawn to your meditative space. Set an alarm so you don't have to worry about watching the time while you meditate. Try to meditate at the same time each day so that it becomes habit and part of your routine.
Sit on a cushion or chair with your spine straight. If you are uncomfortable, you will be unable to relax and will be distracted. Relax your abdomen and breathe quietly without forcing your exhalations. Inhaling for the same amount of time as you exhale and consciously beginning your inhalation as your exhalation ends will help keep your breathing even and smooth.
Don't feel discouraged if the technique or position you try the first few times doesn't work. Let it go and move on to the next technique or position. If you feel constrained by your clothing or uncomfortable in your space, make adjustments before you try to meditate again.
There are multiple meditation disciplines for you to choose from. Guided meditations are available from multiple sources. You can choose to download an app on your phone, listen to a recorded podcast, or buy a CD of guided meditation. Remember to relax and follow along with the prompts during the recording.
Visualization meditation has you hold an object or place in your mind to focus on while you meditate. Focusing on a meaningful, small object held in your hand or placed in front of you is another popular meditation option. If you use meditation to prepare for a competition or a performance visualize yourself succeeding and mentally act out your performance. Affirmation cards with phrases or visuals that strengthen and inspire you can help you focus on a particular idea during meditation. Mantra meditations help you focus on a specific feeling. In rhythm with your breath, repeat your word over and over.
After you finish meditating, record what worked for you during your meditation in a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings before, during, and after meditation can help you identify patterns and problems that you are having difficulty resolving.
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