Take a Break and Meditate
I know the word meditate might sound boring to some but it’s an essential skill that everyone should have. Meditation is a technique used to focus, heighten, and center yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s a jack of all trades! It might seem hard at first but with these easy steps you’ll start your journey in no time.
- Be still: Find some place comfortable to either sit or lay down, it doesn’t really matter which one as long as you’re comfortable. (I personally sit cross-legged in the middle of the floor of my room facing the window so I can feel the sun on my face.) You can meditate anywhere as long as it’s a calm quiet place like your bedroom, car, and even at the park. If you’re in school and have a few minutes to yourself you can try to meditate in the library.
- Close your eyes: But try not to go to sleep! Music can sometimes distract people so I suggest trying it in silence first but if the silence is too boring there are hundreds of guided meditations on YouTube great for beginners.
- Breath naturally: This isn’t a competition all you have to do is relax. Inhale Through your nose for about six seconds then exhale for about six seconds then repeat.
- Focus: Focus on your breathing and the expansion on your lungs when you inhale and exhale. Pay attention to your body’s movement. Focus your attention at the top of your head and try to imagine energy swelling and circulating throughout your body. As you inhale imagine this energy moving from your head and filling your lungs and chest and as you exhale imagine the energy dispersing throughout your body to your arms, stomach, legs, and even toes until it reaches every part of your body.
- Recenter: If your mind begins to wander just refocus your attention back to your breathing. When I realize my thoughts begin to wander I open my eyes and adjust however I’m sitting and restart my meditation steps. If that doesn’t work, taking a break and coming back can help.
That’s it! See how easy that was! If you do this for about 5 minutes every day I’m sure you’ll start to feel more relaxed and positive and after some practice you can try to meditate for longer periods of time. For more information you can check out https://www.mindful.org/how-to-meditate-3/
Christina Fenton, Delta Iota
Hello everyone my name is Christina and I’m super excited for this wellness journey we’re all taking together. I am a recent graduate in the areas of Psychology and Anthropology. My main focus currently is Spiritual growth, meditation, and yoga.
All my life I’ve enjoyed helping others working with young adults and children but I’ve recently uncovered a treasure trove of information that has the potential to strengthen your bond with not only others but with yourself as well. Learning about Spirituality is a fun and enriching experience that I hope you can enjoy.