Have you ever noticed that you don’t put much thinking or focus into the way you feel? Sometimes we dismiss the way we feel and try to ‘shake it off’ if it’s negative, or accept it without question. We often do it when we are stressed or angry. On the other hand, it can be easy to let feelings get the best of us. Too much focus on a feeling and letting it take control can cause us to lose perspective and sight of the bigger picture. Meditating is all about training yourself to be aware of how you feel, without any judgement. This can lead to you being more aware of why you feel a certain way and prevent feelings from taking up too much of your time and energy.
By practicing meditation, you allow your brain to become stronger at diminishing things like fear and anxiety. As a result, you are able to focus more on ‘the positives’. It will help you gain perspective and become a better decision maker. In turn, this supports your emotional wellbeing.
Some other benefits of meditation include:
- Increasing your attention span
- Improving your sleep
- Reducing Stress
- Beneficial for anxiety and depression
- Improve memory
- Increase creativity
There are different ways to meditate. You can try and clear your mind to bring yourself back to a place of calm and rid yourself of negativity. Normally this is done by focusing on one thing for a period of time and that thing only. It could be breathing, your surroundings, an audio recording or more. Another type of meditation is where you pay attention to all of your surroundings and what is happening around you, but without any reaction. You simply observe. This is a great way to practice mindfulness.
Beginning meditation doesn’t have to be a huge task. It can be as easy as starting off with two minutes of meditation a day, or every other day! Gonoodle’s flow is great for kids, with short and engaging videos. Calm is the number one app for meditation, and can help you find meditations depending on what you want to work on.