Fifteen minutes to unwind
We hope your gratitude practice is going well and that you’re finding some joy in journaling.
This week, we’re bringing in another great tool for relieving stress: meditation. Mindfulness meditation and breath control practices have a significant impact on your mental health. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of thoughts that may crowd your mind, giving you a sense of calm, peace, and balance.
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
And can help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches
Your challenge: Your goal today is to set aside 15 minutes to meditate along with this guided gratitude practice. If meditation isn’t your thing, you can take this time to do a few breathing exercises, which can be done anywhere at any time.
Before you start meditating, make sure you find a comfortable position. Typically, you can meditate sitting down, lying on your back, standing up or walking. You can find more information about finding what works for you on Headspace’s website.
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