Meditation To Fight Anxiety
If you’re feeling a bit anxious these days, the first thing to know is that you’re definitely not alone! The world is going through a very stressful time, and it’s okay to feel uneasy about it. With that said, it’s probably best for your own wellbeing if you’re not constantly racked with anxiety for the next few months, while the COVID-19 pandemic plays itself out. So what can you do to help with that?
We’ve noticed a big boost of interest in meditation lately, and we think that’s a great first step towards keeping yourself centred and making things a little more manageable. This is a topic we love to talk about – almost as much as we love practicing it! – so here’s some easy information for the beginners, who may have no experience with meditating at all.
The first thing to remember is that meditating doesn’t require perfect stillness, complete silence, or hours and hours of time – forget the Hollywood version that you’ve seen in movies. It’s not about reaching some grand realization, or having a life-changing revelation. It’s simply a way to re-centre yourself, stay aligned with your situation and your goals, and be mindful of what your body is telling you. There are no expectations, so don’t feel pressured!
You’ve probably got a couple of questions about the act itself. Do I have to sit perfectly still? How long do I have to do it? What if I can’t “clear my mind”? Those are some of the most common ones we hear, over and over again.
Firstly, there’s no “right” way to meditate, as there are dozens and dozens of techniques you can use. The intention and the commitment are half of the process, so by just choosing to sit and do it every day, you’re already well on your way to the positive impact. It’s more about focusing and mindfulness than it is about perfection.
You don’t have to sit perfectly still, if that’s difficult. You don’t even have to sit at all – some people prefer lying down, as the “upright monk” posture can get distractingly uncomfortable. Find a position that you don’t have to think about holding too hard.
As for the length of time, that’s up to you. Many beginners start with just 5-10 minutes a day, which is great for coping with everyday stress. 15 minutes is a common benchmark as well. If you’re feeling the flow, go ahead and extend a little longer! A good recommendation is one minute for every year of your age, once you’ve got a bit of practice.
And if you can’t clear your thoughts, don’t panic. Just let them come! Meditation allows you to embrace and work around your conscious thoughts, which are very difficult to stop entirely, so as long as you’re not having an internal argument or thinking about everything else you need to be doing, you’re just fine.
A good time to meditate is right before bed, so it can clear your mind and prep you for a nice, restful sleep. Alternately, some people find it useful to get up early and spend a bit of time each morning preparing for their day.
Our most crucial piece of advice for new meditators? Be consistent with it, every day, and keep your mind open. Use it to relax your mind, and don’t go in with expectations. After all, meditation is a release, not a chore. Let yourself be immersed, and enjoy the benefits that come your way!
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