Have you ever had one of those nights where you just toss and turn but can’t seem to fall asleep no matter what you do?
Well I have. Plenty of times. It seems, my sleep is the first thing that is disrupted when I am stressed or something is weighing on my mind. Most recently, I was on holiday in New York City, when night after night I was having a hard time falling asleep. Initially, I put it down to jet lag but when I noticed the people I was traveling with had no sleep issues, it got me thinking- why was I having such a hard time?
After about the third night of having my sleep disrupted I decided I would meditate to help clear my mind. So I got up and out of bed, I sat upright in the only chair I could find in the hotel room and started my ten minute meditation.
I would say that almost instantly, I began to feel so much better. I could feel my breathing starting to calm down, immediately I was able to recognise were my muscles were tense and I needed to relax. By the end of the 10 minutes I had cleared my mind and could really focus on what was causing me so much stress. It was like an ah-huh moment, just like all the other times, when I finally worked out what was causing me to lose sleep and instantly I could come up with a solution.
There have been so many times when I have meditated to help clear my mind, in doing so, I can always identify what my problem is that is causing me to lose sleep. But at the same time, there have also been times where I have meditated just to start my day off with a clear mind.
So what is meditation?
Meditation is essentially relaxation. It is not concentrating; rather it is the art of de-concentration. Training your body not to think in that time. Meditation helps you to become aware of your body and develops a sense of being in the moment and becoming aware of your surroundings.
Research has shown the some of the benefits of mediation to include:
- Calm mind
- Better clarity
- Good concentration
- Stress less
- Better sleep
Although this is a short list, there are so many other benefits of meditation that I haven’t mentioned. Just 10 minutes a day can help you start your day off the right way or settle you before you get ready for bed.
Still not convinced? Well, I’ve put together a list the top 5 benefits of meditation on your physical and mental health.
Fast Five Facts of Meditation.
- Can decrease any tension you might have
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Increased energy levels
- Improves the immune system
- Increases energy levels
- Decreases anxiety
- Provides mental clarity
- Emotional stability
- Helps develop your intuition
- Can sharpen the mind.
If you’re looking to give meditation a go with something that has been tried and tested, then check out the headspace app. This is my go to app whenever I need to meditate. Sometimes I will repeat the basics meditation guide and other times I select a specific category to work on. What I love about this app, is it gives you facts and information before beginning the meditation session and you can even choose how long you would like to meditate for!
Let me know in the comments below when you have tried it or if you already do meditate!