Although meditation has been around for centuries, it is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people discover its wide - ranging benefits. Meditation does everything from improving your health, helping you sleep better, and improving your mood to increasing emotional resilience and sharpening your focus.
The purpose of meditation can be different for different individuals.
In today’s fast-paced, modern world, when you already feel short of time, you might wonder why meditate, and whether meditation can help you. If you have been feeling in low spirits, or nothing seems to be going your way, your mind and body could be trying to tell you that meditation is needed in your life.
Listen to your mind and body. If you’re receiving any of these 10 signs, it may be time to start, ramp up, or recommit to your meditation practice.
1. You feel exhausted and tired all the time.
'Why am I so tired?' was one of the 10 most-Googled health questions in 2017. This hints to just how many of us feel dogged by fatigue. A few minutes of meditation can leave you feeling more energized and rejuvenated.
2. You have repeated attacks of colds and the flu.
If you’re suffering from a lot of colds and flu, it’s a good indication that your immunity is low. According to research, meditation can help strengthen your immune system to help you fight infections better.
3. It feels like you’re always short of time.
If you keep feeling that you have too much in your hands, your calendar is always full, your day begins very early and ends too late, and there is very little time to do what you really want to do, meditation can help you find balance. While finding time to meditate may seem like an extra burden, the boost that meditation gives to your mental well-being may help you get everything else done faster and better.
4. You struggle even to make simple decisions.
When you find yourself asking either your spouse or friend to take small everyday decisions like what to wear, which restaurant to go to, which coffee to order, or what food to make, meditation can help you become more confident in what you want.
5. You feel overwhelmed for no reason.
Small things start overwhelming you, and you’re always worrying about how you’ll fit in everything you need to do today! Meditation helps calm your mind, organize your thoughts, and tackle your day with confidence.
6. You experience too many mood swings.
You find yourself seated in the roller-coaster ride of your mind, rapidly going up and down, feeling very happy and excited and then suddenly sad and depressed the next moment. Meditation is great for emotional regulation and can help you manage your mood swings.
7. You’re easily distracted.
In this era of social media, it is very easy to get distracted, and remaining focussed is a great challenge. If you find yourself having no control over your social media or any other such distractions, meditation can help you remain focused and centered. Meditation improves your focus to help you manage your life with peace of mind rather than pieces of mind scattered here and there.
8. You keep wondering “What’s the point of all this?”
Life is complex and sometimes it feels like a constant struggle and you have no enthusiasm left. You start wondering whether all your painstaking efforts are even worthwhile! This is exactly a time to shut down everything and pause and just be and allow meditation to help bring back the spark and the joy.
9. You suffer from insomnia or sleeplessness.
If you can’t get to bed on time, or find that you can’t fall asleep until late, or that your sleep quality is poor, you may want to start meditating. Meditation can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful sleep.
10. You suffer from PMS.
90% of women during the days leading up to their menses report experiencing challenging physical and emotional changes, from increased irritability, difficulty concentrating, and appetite changes, to full-blown depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Luckily, meditation has been found to help women manage their symptoms.
Not sure where to start with regards to meditation? Here at Angela Elliott Yoga we have designed a 20min Guided chakra meditation. Download to your device and listen at your leisure.
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