Self Care Sunday – Meditation (it’s not as hard as you think!)

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A global pandemic, the 24/7 news cycle, social media, the economy, and a constant stream of information to you phone means that there is a lot going on. Always. 

So sometimes, it’s important to take a step back and take a deep breath and not focus on anything for just a couple of minutes a day. 

Leading experts say that mediation is a great way to manage emotions and feelings, calm the mind and help feelings of anxiety. With a lot going on in the world at the moment, it is now more than ever to try practice even 5 minutes a day. 

Meditation doesn’t mean sitting amongst the forest with strange flute music playing, meditation is really just a couple of quiet minutes to yourself with no distractions and really focusing on the present moment.

So, how does one meditate? 

  1. Get comfortable in a quiet spot – Sit comfortable and simply focus on your natural breath. Focus on inhaling into the belly and out slowly.
  1. Continue to focus on your breath – Keep your attention and just focus on in and out. Focus on just this moment in the present. 
  1.  Do this for 2 minutes. Simply focus on the breath, breathing deep into your stomach and slowly letting the breath out. 

Now, take one last breath and open your eyes. 

Taking 5 – 10 minutes like this daily is a great way to calm your thoughts, ease tension, and stop focusing on the outside world for just a moment. In times like this, it’s important to take time for yourself. While meditation isn’t a cure-all, it can certainly provide some much-needed space in your life.

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