Meditation plays a significant role in stress management. It’s a valuable tool for relaxation of the body, mind, and soul. One of the most beautiful things about meditation is that it enhances our resilience towards stress, fear, and anxiety. While meditation can be a complicated thing for those who don’t practice it, its enthusiasts can’t do without it. Mindfulness meditation has a reputation for its calming effects, making it a necessity in today’s world of endless challenges.
Sparing a few minutes, even 5 minutes per day to practice meditation can have tremendous benefits to your overall health and wellness. Despite your busy schedule, practicing meditation for 5 minutes a day has a myriad of benefits, including; increased immunity, improved sleep, better pain management, reduced blood pressure, increased fertility, emotional wellbeing, and improved digestion, among many others.
Here are five simple guidelines for practicing 5-Minute meditation
It all starts with setting aside a few minutes of your time for meditation. While you don’t have to practice meditation for more extended sessions to reap its benefits, it’s essential to keep track of your time. For this, take your watch or smartphone and set a 5 minutes timer.
Relax your body.
After setting your timer, it’s now time to relax. Place yourself in a comfortable sitting position to avoid nagging distractions when you start your meditation session. Avoid uncomfortable outfits and accessories if necessary.
Close your eyes for maximum relaxation
Distractions are everywhere. Therefore, it’s best to close your eyes for maximum relaxation. With your eyes closed, start taking a few deep, slow breaths and release slowly. This simple technique helps release all the tension in your body. With every deep breath you take, the more stress drains from your body.
Free your mind.
Meditation cannot work without first clearing your mind of all thoughts. Don’t focus on thinking about your pending errands, family, business, or favorite TV series. Instead, focus your entire mind on the present moment. Keeping your mind still is a key requirement in meditation. Learn the art of acknowledging your thoughts when they come and then letting them go gently before returning all your focus to the present moment.
If you clear your mind and focus on your present moment, you are already in meditation. Keep going without necessarily dwelling so much on the idea that your timer is about to go off. Focus your mind on breathing, relaxing, and feel the sensations in your body. After 5-minutes are over, you’ll feel happier than you started thanks to reduced stress.
Meditation has been practiced for both long and short-term calming for decades. Consider embracing meditation as an effective, interesting, and necessary tool for better stress management.