Nourish November: November 5- Develop a Meditation Habit
Updated: Nov 11
Why meditate? Meditation is a great way to relax and add calm to your day. I've heard it described as one of the few times your brain gets a break. Your brain is always working, even when you are sleeping. But, during meditation your brain gets a break by you focusing one thing, the gentle practice meditation.
It's also been said that meditation helps your body overall. Meditation helps control anxiety, and it promotes self awareness. I've experienced first hand how meditation to lower my pain level from a migraine or start to diminish my anxiety. Meditation also helps to bring a focus on gratitude, and it's a way to just step away from stress for a few minutes. If you think of your brain during a normal day as whiteboard covered with writing in all directions, meditation is the eraser for this board. It gives you a clean state to go onto the rest of your day. As you probably know, stress has many negative side effects on our bodies. So, if we can meditate for even five minutes during a busy day, we can find a way to hit the reset button and stop the steady climb of our stress levels.
This is one of the Nourish November suggestions that I personally need to work on for my own self care. I know meditation has many benefits, and I've experienced them first hand when I had a weekly meditation practice. I've strayed from this after the birth of my daughter, and I haven't quite worked out the rhythm. If you are in the same situation, you can join me in linking meditation to some part of your daily schedule, so it's easier to make it a habit. As I said earlier this week, it takes three weeks for something to become a habit.
I'm going to link meditation to when I put my daughter down for the evening. After she is in her crib, I'm going to do a 5-10 meditation. I know this will start the rest of my evening off from a calm place, and it help me feel relaxed for the rest of the evening. If you don't already have a meditation practice, I hope you will join me in adding meditation to your life.