Why do we say we are too busy to relax when relaxing actually helps us get our work done more efficiently?
Meditation is easier and less time-consuming than most people think because you can choose where and when you want to do it!
Whether it be downloading an app or listening to a CD or watching a video online, this week’s #bebetter52 challenge invites you to participate in at least one guided meditation during the week. Apps such as “Headspace: Meditation” and “Calm” are free in the app store and have instructors who tell you exactly what to do through breathing and thought exercises.
Having a well-rested mind keeps you sharp and alert throughout the course of your day. When we are stressed, the need for mediation helps calm our adrenal glands by relieving them for over-producing cortisol- the stress hormone. Meditation can help with lowering blood pressure, boosting your immunity, reducing pain, and improving overall heart health. Along with these physical benefits, meditation increases happiness, productivity, and concentration. So, what are you waiting for!
We understand it may seem difficult finding a time within the day to relax your body and mind.
Here are a few suggestions:
After showering or while taking a bath can both be great times to relax and meditate.
During lunch break at work, meditation can help you de-stress and effectively work through the rest of your day.
Before going to sleep at night, take time to put your mind and body at rest with meditation and reflect on what you are thankful for.
When you wake up, allow time to focus on what you hope to accomplish throughout the day.