Posted on June 02, 2020 by Josh Puttock

We are currently in a state of unknown as to when our lives will revert back to the way it was, and this can be a stressful and anxious time for many. However, it may be beneficial to try meditation in order to lessen your stress levels, broaden your mind and help improve your overall wellbeing.

Meditation is used as a means of transforming the mind, by way of deep concentration into the underlying feelings within the body. Developed from Buddhist tradition, the practice of meditation allows you to better understand the habits of your mind and actively encourage new ways of controlling your thoughts and channelling them into a focused state of mind.

Whilst meditating can be done at any point during the day, the most common time of day is as soon as you wake up. Often when we wake up our minds become occupied with negative or stressful thoughts, meditating as soon as we wake up serves the purpose of controlling your thoughts and channelling positive thoughts, kick starting your day in the right way. Apps such as Calm and Headspace are very popular and have several different types of meditation/mindfulness methods.

Research has shown the following benefits of meditation

  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Increased focus levels
  • Self-compassion
  • Reduced job strain and burnout
  • Better sleeping patterns
  • Promote healthy eating habits
  • Improved communication in relationships

Equipment required

Very little is needed for meditation, the main focus is being comfortable. However, guidance says that for optimal comfort levels, the following is required;

  • Chair
  • Cushion
  • Guided meditation tools
  • Zen meditation music

 

By Grant Charles – Gym & Spa Area Manager