Meditation has been around for centuries but has recently gained mass popularity as a way to manage stress, improve mood and reduce anxiety.
Like any new habit, practising mindfulness meditation every day requires putting aside time but it can vastly improve your life.
Aside from being part of a structured treatment process for those with a range of mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, trauma, anger and sleep problems), mindfulness can be utilised and enjoyed by absolutely anybody of any age!
Become More Aware
Meditation and mindfulness can help you become more aware of your own thoughts and actions in day to day life, improving your wellbeing and increasing your productivity.
By increasing your state of awareness, you are more able to consider thoughts more rationally, and then decide which thoughts are helpful and useful, and which thoughts are unhelpful and negative.
Meditation and mindfulness can then help you learn to let go of negative thoughts and feelings, and help you bring your focus onto more useful and helpful thoughts and actions.
Concentrating on breathing during meditation allows the mind to stay focused on just one thing, decreasing stress almost instantaneously.
Practised over time, meditation can reduce the amount of stress a person accumulates and allows them to cope with it in a more healthy way, with confidence that they can handle their situation no matter how difficult it might be.
Slow the Pace
Many people cite their stress as being down to a fast-paced life, which is non-stop and leaves no time for the self.
Practising mediation forces one to take a break and slow things down. Slowing your mind down in this way can lead people to slow down their life and really experience every day, rather than being on “autopilot” and having it fly by in a blur.
Meditating consistently opens up people’s eyes to life, allowing them to experience all it has to offer. By taking time to appreciate life and feel more connected to the world, you can become happier and more content.
Make Better Choices
Those that practise meditation often notice that they start to make better decisions, feel more relaxed and even develop better relationships and better overall health.
In place of reacting to adverse situations, people obtain a more useful comprehension of what is on their mind, with mindfulness meditation arming them with the skills to make purposeful decisions and deal with stress better.
For More Information
To learn to meditate with our Chartered Psychologist or Specialist Mindfulness Teacher in Newcastle, contact us using the box below.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling