I originally wrote about meditation and how I have found it beneficial in my blog, Lockdown, 15th April 2020.
In today's blog, I wanted to expand on that subject.
I have dipped in and out of meditation over the years, recently I have started again. My reason for starting was the lockdown. As with many other working parents, one day I had a normal what seemed like a dull routine, get up, get the children out of the house in time for the school bell, rush to work, rush home from work, and collect the children and repeat, daily. Until someone hit the pause button and the next day, there was no office to go to, there was no school to go to, it was all to be done from home and I was to do it all.
As the weeks went by I began to struggle, I’ve always wanted to explore my spiritual side and now seemed like the right time to do it. I began meditating, for five minutes in the morning. I used a five minute meditation I found on you tube. It’s called, Today is a Great Day. It focuses on deep breathing, being in the moment and reciting that I am good enough, I love my life and that today will be a great day. I did feel refreshed and positive after my first attempt and as it’s five minutes long, there really isn’t a time when I can’t fit it in.
It has become a priority for me, which I believe is something we all need to do. Make well-being for You, a priority.
I've listed some ways in which meditation has helped me, maybe It can help you too?;
Time on your own.
We all need time on our own, whether you are a parent, a carer or a partner. Take some time out for you.
Research suggests deep breathing exercises can reduce stress, clear the mind and help you sleep better. There are plenty of meditation exercises that incorporate deep breathing.
Deep breathing can also help you to think and process thoughts, if I am struggling to recall a memory or am not sure what to write next, I close my eyes, breath deep, let the thoughts drift and eventually the memory or words will come.
It also good for counting to ten during home schooling arguments.
You have probably heard of the Headspace app. There is a reason it is named Headspace.
Meditation gives you headspace, time to think and relax.
Stress can be caused by a number of factors, mine erupts when I have feelings of lack of control, feeling overwhelmed, inability to express my thoughts and feelings.
When I meditate I am on my own. Using the deep breathing I can slow down my heart rate, this has an overall calming effect. It allows me to explore my thoughts and feelings. I will then grab a pen and my journal and write whatever has come into my mind.
You can choose to meditate at any time, morning, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon, evening; late it really is your own choice and what works for you.
I like to use a deep breathing guided meditation to help me sleep at night. There are also some great guided meditations for children to relax them in the evening before bedtime.
Whether you choose to meditate to improve sleep, reduce stress, create headspace or to escape your children; I hope it brings you some peace and much needed You time.