It’s easy to get caught up in all the panic which is around - particularly when we’re reminded on its impact every time we turn on the television or radio - all of which makes it particularly important to remember good mental self-care. Taking some time out to meditate can help in so many ways. Here’s how to do it:
You don’t have to sit completely still, or on the floor. You can shift around a bit to keep comfortable, and sit on a sofa: it shouldn’t make any difference.
Set a gentle alarm to go off in 10-15 minutes, then start by shutting your eyes and listening to your breathing. You will get lost in random thoughts, but when you remember you are meditating, simply return to focusing on your breath.
When your mind won’t stop chattering, don’t try to push the thoughts away – especially not the negative ones. Instead, try just to notice them, while focusing on your breathing. If that fails, try to find happy thoughts. The goal is to become indifferent to everything passing through your mind.
Do this until you hear the alarm. Count down from ten and slowly open your eyes.
- Go for quantity over quality to start with. Don’t worry too much about how well you are meditating, just try to do it often. The more you do it, the better it will work.
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