Well, I can finally say I’m officially on Spring Break! This time of rest and recharge is much needed and I’m so excited to work on lots of new content for Mind Body Glow. Hope everyone’s weekend’s going well! Today’s post is something I’ve been wanting to share with you for some time now because it adds so much peace and clarity to my day. My hope is that you can begin to incorporate this into your daily routine and benefit as well!
This term can tend to be a little intimidating to people who are unfamiliar with it. I know what you’re thinking… I’m not gonna read some article and magically start meditating 1 hour, every day, Ghandi style. You’ll be happy to know, that’s not the goal here. For someone like myself who is constantly thinking, planning, moving, etc., it was tough to wrap my brain around sitting in stillness for multiple minutes at a time. So, one day when I noticed I just wasn’t feeling myself (stressed, anxious), I decided to give it a go. I had heard many people recommend the app Headspace for beginner meditators and it was exactly what I needed to begin. It gives you various guided meditations, all different lengths, styles, levels, etc. I greatly appreciate this app for introducing me and getting me out of my comfort zone. These days, I simply make an effort to take 5 minutes every morning, before anything else… before checking my phone, coffee, news. It always comes first. So, how can you start adding simple mediatation into your AM routine? Easy! Start by either sitting or laying, whatever is most comfortable and relaxed to you. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. Inhale for 5 counts, hold, exhale for 5 counts. This simple breath work excercise will relax your mind, muscles and nervous system which are all vital for feeling your best. Allow thoughts to come and go, not forcing your mind to be clear, just simply being present. Do this for as long as it feels good to you. The first few meditations, you’re most likely gonna be fidgety and distracted which is okay! Like they always say, patience is a virtue. I challenge you to try this simple meditation every morning to begin your day with optimal clarity and presence.
Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your Sunday!