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Meditate some more to reduce the lockdown stress

This lockdown can be so stressful. Some days are better than others. It is hard keeping track of the days of the week when you are home in lockdown everyday. If you are into meditating, you are in luck. You should actually meditate some more to reduce the lockdown stress and stay on top of your mental health. I have been mediating loads and it has really helped me improve my wellbeing. Meditating is a free way to reduce stress and improve your overall mental health. Since many of us are stuck indoors, meditating some more will do wonders for both the physical and the mental health.

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If meditating is new to you and you have no clue how to go about meditating, I would advise you to dig up some YouTube videos on mediating. There are loads on there to help you. You can also read books on meditation and how to meditate if you prefer reading to watching videos or you can combine the two channels and get all the knowledge you need. There are many apps for meditation. My current favourite app is Abide. It is a Christian app and it has completely changed my life for the better. It is a premium app but really affordable. I have tried loads of Apps, and the Abide App is the best by far. The App has meditations for various topics including sleep and very interesting bedtime stories. It is so amazing. You need to try it for yourself to discover how great it is.

Meditating is one gift I am glad to have discovered. If you are struggling with negative emotions during this turbulent season, mediating regularly will help loads. I have quiet times multiple times throughout the day and meditating is a big part of it. It helps me tune in and tune out the noise and negativity going on at the moment.

Do you mediate regularly?

 

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The best way to meditate

There are different ways to meditate. You could opt to mediate silently, or listen to soothing music designed specifically for meditation. There are also loads of guided meditations available for both christian and circular. I experimented with quite a few on YouTube, and some are better than others. When it comes to mediation, there are so many options available, and these choices could leave you feeling very confused. When I first started to mediate, I tried all of them. I am a truth seeker and I love learning, so I wanted to experience the various ways to meditate. If you are new to meditating, I would advise you to to experiment with the various ways to meditate, until you find the right way perfect for you. Once you successfully create your meditation routine, you will never look back.

 

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People like to think their own way of mediating is best way, but there is no right or wrong way to meditate. I see meditating as a way to receive a response to prayer. Prayer is personal so meditating should be personal as well. As long as your meditation brings the response you seek, then it is the right way for you. Before you can determine the right way to meditate, you need to ask yourself what meditation means to you and what you aim to achieve from meditating. Once you answer these questions, then you can decide on how best to go about your meditation. This will save you time and energy spent pursuing other ways to mediate that won’t work well for you.

The mistake many of us make is to try to copy how others mediate. There are so many rules about meditation from the experts, it is so easy to get carried away and focused on what we don’t believe in. Some say you should meditate for around 20 – 30 minutes everyday, others say you should sit down while meditating, many others think it is better to lie down. When it comes to mediation, the rules are endless. However, at the end of the day, the choice is yours. Try the different ways and make your meditation session your own. That way you gain a lot more from every session. Tune out the noise and tune into yourself.

 

 

 

How to silence the mind chatter when you meditate

If you are new to meditation,  you may be struggling with silencing the mind chatter. I struggled with that on and off for a while when I first started to meditate regularly. Now I don’t have that problem anymore. I meditate twice a day, 20 minutes in the morning and evening, and I can now do so effortlessly with no mind chatter. Now that I mediate on a daily basis, I feel a lot better all over and I can’t imagine not meditating now that I am reaping the full benefits of it.

 

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Meditating simply means being still. It is taking your mind off everything, sitting comfortably and focusing on your breath while breathing in and out deeply. It is different from the prayer quiet time which I also do multiple time a day. So how do you silence the mind chatter when you meditate? Here are some tips that may help you do just that.

 

Meditate daily

The more you meditate, the easier it will be for you to go right into it and be still. The more you practise mediation, the more you know how to silence the mind chatter that threatens to keep your mind and head still. If you only meditate once a while, you will definitely find it difficult to be still mindfully, but if you practise on a daily basis at set times, you will gradually get into the swing of it. If you are struggling to silence the mind chatter, don’t give up on meditating. Continue to meditate on a daily basis until it becomes second nature to you.

 

Pick the right time

It is important you mediate alone and when you know you won’t be disturbed. Picking the right time helps as it keeps your mind focused and free from distractions. It is a good idea to put gadgets on silence so you are not disturbed. I always make sure my iPhone and Apple Watch are on the silent mode so I am not disturbed.

 

Keep your mind still

Whenever you find your mind beginning to wander, acknowledge the thought, bring your mind right back and focus on your breathing. It is easy to wander off when you are trying to meditate, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Just ensure you continue to bring your mind back and you will find that the amount of time you do this decreases the more you meditate. This is a clear case of practise makes perfect!

 

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Keep your eyes closed and no music

I know some people say they mediate with their eyes open and music on. It can be possible to do this but I won’t recommend it. I struggle to keep my mind focus even when using guided meditations so I won’t recommend you listen to anything. Keeping your eyes closed is also important as it keeps you looking within and your mind is focused on your meditation and nothing else.

 

Start gradually

If you are struggling to keep your mind still or stay awake while meditating, then it may be a great idea to start small. Start mediating for 5/10 mins for some days and then gradually increase the amount of time you spend mediating.

 

Do you meditate? What are the benefits for you?

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