Whilst the rise of technology and communications can seem a wonderful advancement in connecting with others around the world, it can be hard to appreciate what is right in front of us on a daily basis.
It’s everywhere – smartphones have dominated the daily routine, and social media screams at you from every direction.
Even I’m guilty of waking up and consistently keeping my nose in my phone until I fall asleep.
You might have found, much like me, that you’re filled with more anxiety and stress these days. From juggling a job, family and trying to deal with the chaos of current world events, it becomes harder to see a way out of the cycle.
However, finding the moment to take the time to breathe and relax has been scientifically proven to aid in the natural remedy for stress, which is why it’s time for you to take charge and control of your mental health and wellbeing.
Meditation Through Nature
When was the last time you took a moment to breathe in the sights and sounds of nature around you?
The birds singing, the trees gently swaying, the sun beaming; nature is our natural habitat for relaxation.
The great thing about meditation, out in the open, is that you can fit it into your daily schedule with ease – whether it’s 5 minutes in the morning or during your walk back from work or school.
Find a comfortable spot to sit or lie down in.
Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and feel yourself in the moment. Do this for 1 minute, and then relax.
You should feel a heightened sense of awareness of what is around you. Listen to the way your body responds to the gentle breezes around you.
Listen to the sounds around you. Let your eyes take in the vibrant colours around you. Remember that life is more than just what we see and hear right in front of us. It’s the silent symphony of nature.
Meditation Through Music and Sounds
This meditation is similar to the meditation for nature.
Instead, whilst breathing in and out, listen to what is around you – whether it is nature or a calming instrumental song.
To ensure you get the best possible experience, it’s a good idea to invest in music designed specifically to help you achieve the ultimate deep meditation state for your mind.
Meditation Through Yoga
A classic can never be faulted, especially when it’s been around this long. Yoga is one of the most popular ways to achieve relaxation, and for a good reason.
Yoga originated in India, for the purpose of finding human inner peace and tranquility.
The body goes through a number of stretches, and helping your mind to relax through gentle breathing.
Whether in the privacy of your own domain or surrounded by like-minded beings, you’ll always be able to rely on Yoga to both physically and mentally keep your health in check.
If you’re still unsure about what meditation can do to help transform your life, be sure to read up on the latest case studies from real people.
Connect With A Meaningful Activity
When was the last time you picked up a book and took the time to read it?
How about writing down your thoughts and feelings as they were in that present moment?
We sometimes think that we lack the time to do these activities that will ultimately help us to relieve the pressures from the modern world, but in fact we allow our minds to get distracted with the fast-paced world, current politics and worries of the future.
We often spend time that we could be doing relaxing, worrying.
Do yourself a favour – turn off your phone. Pick up a book or a pen. Alternatively, pick up an old instrument that’s been gathering dust.
Fall back into happier times; let your mind remember the joy of these activities and listen to the way your body responds.
By simply taking the time out of your day to do these things, you should see an improvement on your overall energy levels, and perhaps even your skills.
Establish A Place of Rest and Quietness
This does not have to be a forest or the outdoors, although it can be.
It can include your favourite cafe, perhaps a library or even a room in your own home.
It’s a place you can go to, where you immediately feel like you are able to settle and enjoy your surroundings without feeling stressed and without your mind travelling to thoughts of yesterday’s terrible meeting or tomorrow’s hectic schedule with the kids.
Make this place your own.
If it’s a room in your home, decorate it with items that will comfort and relax you as soon as you walk through the door.
Combine this with your favorite activity and you’ll have a place that demands relaxation from you.
I understand that we live in a world that needs our support.
We often forget that we need to support ourselves too, or we’ll succumb to the pressures of daily life. Those 5 minutes a day, to reconnect will keep your mental health and wellbeing sharp.
Remember, there is a life outside of the modern world – and it’s yours.
Manpreet Sandhu is a freelance copywriter for hire.
Her website is Kitsune Digital. She's never put down a pen or stopped typing for anything other than Mexican food, to pet a nearby cat or dog or to play the latest video game.