Sometimes relaxing is the last thing you feel like doing. There’s just too much on. If you stop now, you won’t find the energy to get up again, right? Residual fatigue may well be a symptom of the sneaky catnap, car snooze or veg out. That’s why it may surprise you to know that using the right methods of relaxation and meditation can replenish your energy rather than zap it.
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You don’t have to reach Nirvana to benefit from the ancient practice of meditation. Regular light sessions can also be highly beneficial to your wellbeing. Even if it just for two minutes a day, clearing your mind of current thoughts and worries can be hugely beneficial to your physical health and self-perception. Ongoing meditation has been proven to decrease brain cell volume in the Amygdala – the area responsible for producing anxiety, fear and stress.
Step 1: Find a convenient and quiet spot such as your bedroom, your office, a park bench or even the car. Step 2: Breathe naturally and easily and feel each inhalation and exhalation.
Step 3: Do your best to clear your mind and think of nothing. If you find thoughts and worries easily creeping back in, don’t beat yourself up. Effective meditation does take some practice.
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If you can’t find a quiet spot, then shut the noise out with a good pair of headphones and a meditation programs. You’ll find a range of available apps that offer anything from 10 seconds to hours of meditation sessions. Not sure where to start? Try our 20 minute endota spa guided meditation session – free on Soundcloud.listen
Walking meditation is indeed a thing and another good way to start practicing meditation, especially if you’re one of those people who have trouble sitting still. Put the headphones away and go for a walk, keeping your focus on your feet. Pay attention to the way your feet are connecting with the earth and the feel of the texture beneath them. Listen to the sound they make on the grass or concrete. The key is to keep your focus on something other than your own thoughts to give your mind a break.
Those of us that tend to be high achievers may find typical relaxation methods just plain counter-productive. You might want to try baking as a type of meditation practice. Obviously, you’ll want to bypass anything as difficult as a croquembouche, but making something easy like cocoa bliss balls can be a relaxing and sensory experience. Take the time to enjoy the textures, aromas and temperatures of the ingredients to take your mind off your troubles. And if you can, leave the washing up for tomorrow!