Meditation has many benefits for your emotional well-being and overall health. A morning meditation can help you remain calm throughout the day and when practiced in the evening it may help promote a good night’s sleep. Meditation may also be useful in relieving stress and anxiety.
Meditation and Emotional Health
According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage stress
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
Increasing imagination and creativity
Increasing patience and tolerance
Meditation and Physical Health
Meditating on a regular basis can result in the following benefits:
Lessen chronic pain
Lower blood pressure
Promote better sleep
Result in faster healing
Decreased use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
Enable a stronger immune response
If you don’t meditate make a commitment to start. Pick a date and time to begin, look at your calendar for the week ahead and schedule it into your daily routine.
- Select a nice, quiet, comfortable space where you will have no distractions or interruptions.
- When you first start meditating don’t be surprised if your mind wanders, let it. The more you meditate the easier it’ll be. I’ve been meditating for awhile now and my mind still wanders on occasion.
- Start out with just 5 minutes and build up to as long as you desire.
- You may find it helpful to begin with guided meditation. There are several apps available or you can listen to videos on YouTube. Search “guided meditation” and a whole bunch of choices will appear. Find a person you feel connected to.
- Diffusing or inhaling essential oils can enhance your meditation experience. Frankincense, Peace & Calming, and Gratitude are just a few.
I’m 26 days into a 30 day guided meditation challenge from Bob Proctor. It’s a 21 minute meditation to gain abundance, love and happiness. It’s a great one! You can access it on YouTube HERE.
When working to improve, or maintain, your health implement as many natural, holistic tools as possible.
If you missed the Healthy Habits For Life program you can access the replay by clicking the button below. It includes simple tips on how to create behaviors to support your health and well-being. It’s a great place start!
I also have a step-by-step guide to elevate your mind and body called 28 to Elevate. It’s a self guided program you can start anytime or join the group experience which starts on February 1. Click the button below to learn more.
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It doesn’t matter your age, it’s never too late to create new habits to support your health and well-being. You can start anytime too! The decisions you make each and every day have an impact on how you feel physically and emotionally. You can choose whether to have good, supportive behaviors or ones that self sabotage.
Creating lasting change can be difficult. Failure can be a result of not having a plan or giving up before you reach the goal. Good intentions are not enough to bring about success.
What can you do differently to change behaviors and make them last? Look at where you are, set realistic goals, and slowly and consistently work towards them. Be and stay committed. Begin to create healthy habits with the following 4 steps.
Start With Your Mindset
The first thing you want to do is work on your mindset. Once that changes so will everything else. Your mind is a VERY powerful thing. To adopt new habits and create lasting change in your life you must start with your mind.
Take some time for self reflection through journaling, meditation, or other mind/body connection activities like yoga. It can help you discover your goals and shift your mindset in a positive and beneficial way.
Identify Areas That Need Attention
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Personal development
- Self care
- Career/Life purpose
Keys to Forming New Habits
- Creating a new habit does not happen quickly or easily.
- Behavior does become automatic over time with enough repetition. You will be more successful if you take small incremental steps every day towards your goal. The key is to start slow and be consistent.
- Become more mindful of the decisions you make every day and how they impact your health in order to make simple behavior modifications.
- Remember and reflect on your why. Why do you want to be healthier in the first place?
Be Accountable to Someone
You have a much greater likelihood of reaching a goal if you commit to someone. Regular check-ins with someone can increase your success rate. Find an accountability partner who shares similar goals with you. If being more physically active is your goal join my Dedicated & Determined Fitness Group on Facebook. Request to join HERE.
If you missed the Healthy Habits For Life program you can access the replay HERE. It includes additional tips on how to start creating behaviors to support your health and well-being. It’s a great place start!
When you’re ready for a deeper dive join my 28 to Elevate program. You can choose the self guided format or live (online) version. It’s a 28 day step-by-step guide to elevate your mind and body. Click the button below to learn more.
Make sure you check out the 5 Steps to Healthier Living Guide for some quick and easy tips to get you started in the New Year. Click the button below.