What is meditation?
Meditation involves a person focusing entirely on a particular thought, object, or action in order to train one’s consciousness and attention. When this happens, they are more likely to enter a state where they are mentally calm, stable, and clear. Essentially meditation involves very deep thinking in order to relax, destress, and unwind mentally.
How can meditation help to improve my emotional wellbeing?
There are many ways that meditation is able to help your overall emotional wellbeing. One of the most obvious benefits of meditation is its ability to boost relaxation and minimise stress and anxiety. Meditation has also been found to improve mood, decrease irritability, and increase emotional stability. Interestingly enough, it even is able to promote greater levels of creativity and productivity, as well as improve memory and ability to focus. If you are someone who struggles with your thoughts on a daily basis, sometimes taking a few minutes out of each day to meditate can help you to feel more relaxed and better equipped to take on the day ahead of you!
How to meditate
- Start relaxing – Start meditating by laying or sitting in a comfortable position. Relax all of the muscles in your body, including those in your face. Close your eyes.
- Target your focus – Determine what you will want to focus on during your meditation. You can focus on anything from a thought, to smell or sound!
- Breathe deeply – With your area of focus in mind, breath deeply. Become aware of your breath and the relaxation you are feeling.
- Don’t resist thoughts – During meditation, you may find your thoughts drifting from your intended focus to other related topics. Don’t resist them! Let any thoughts that do arrive in your mind while meditation to come and go freely.
- Coming out of meditation – When you are ready to stop meditating, slowly become aware of your body. Slowly move fingers and toes and work towards moving your arms and legs. Think about what you’ll do when you stop meditating (such as going to work, showering, or brushing your teeth). Blink your eyes open and slowly get up from where you were lying or sitting.
What if I need more help?
It is important to understand that meditation and other relaxation techniques alone will not be able to help with some mental health problems. If you feel that you do require some more help, Suffolk Carers Matter is here for you! You can simply send us a message via live chat on our website or give us a call on 01284 333035. Our Carer Advisors can talk with you about what you are going through, provide advice and guidance, and refer you to counselling services if necessary. For more information about our counselling services, click here.