Meditation can bring many mental health benefits to anyone who practices. Meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve focus. The real question is…how do you meditate effectively? There’s a good chance that you’ve tried it before but it can be difficult to focus and can feel – kind of boring sometimes. So how can we convince ourselves to simply sit with our thoughts?
Internal World vs. External Environment
We live in a world where our senses are heightened non-stop. “What bills do I need to pay this month?” “What should I make for dinner?” “Oh, I need to make a grocery list for this week.” We are flooded with thoughts constantly. So, practicing meditation can force us to pause our thoughts and relax our minds and bodies.
During meditation, you are focusing on your inner world as opposed to your external environment. When you focus internally, you can go into a meditative state. That internal meditative state can expand your awareness and understanding, help you balance your emotions, and improve your mental health.
How to Practice Meditation
Like with any skill, you need practice. By practicing meditation, even for a few minutes a day, you can learn to navigate sensations, thoughts, and emotions more skillfully and reap the health benefits. Eventually, meditation can become a tool that you can turn to in trying times when you feel stressed or unhappy.
What does “practicing meditation” actually mean? Well, although there are many different types of meditation, we’re going to discuss a basic introduction to meditation.
Begin your meditation session by finding a quiet place where you can sit comfortably. Set a timer for your meditation session. Imagine as if you’re grounding yourself to whatever you’re sitting on and close your eyes. Focus your mind solely on your breathing. Listen to yourself inhale and exhale and pay attention to how your breath melts stress and anxiety from the external world as you move into a meditative state. Once the timer goes off, many people tell themselves positive affirmations before slowly getting back into their day.
Know the Mental Health Benefits of Meditation
A 2016 study done by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that meditation can help fight stress and negative emotions. The study conducted had a control group practice an auditory guided meditation tape, while an experimental group listened to a presentation that stimulated learning areas in the brain. Following the activities, the researchers showed the same distressing images to both groups and measured brain activity. The brain activity in those who practiced guided meditation recovered much quicker from seeing the distressing photos.
Additionally, Healthline discusses mental health benefits from daily meditation including:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased calmness
- Better balance of your emotions
- Enhanced self-awareness
- Lengthened attention span and concentration
Difficulty Focusing? Try These Tips.
First, you need to know that your mind will wander. It’s bound to happen, but there are a few ways you can try to refocus your mind during meditation:
Pay Attention to Your Breathing While Practicing Meditation
When you notice your mind starting to wander, pull yourself back to your breath. Listen to your breathing and pay attention to how your breath is relaxing you.
If you’re uncomfortable, whether it be temperature-wise or what you’ve chosen to sit on, you’ll have a more difficult time concentrating.
End Your Meditation Session with Self-Compassion
Whether your mind wandered a lot one day or not, be kind to yourself! You still practiced meditation and each time you do, you’ll get better. Meaning, just from the session you just did, you improved. Go you!
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