After the summer break, we are all heading back into the fray having re-vitalised ourselves and recharged our batteries. But how do we help ourselves to stay on top of when we are back into our routines. Here is a tip from your osteopath to help you improve your health and focus during the year.
One of the answers to help give ourselves a mental break is to meditate … a chance to rest the mind for a bit and restore your mental vitality.
Meditation is basically about focusing your attention to reduce, and even get rid of, the stream of racing and crowded and jumbled thoughts that often take over our mind and are believed to be one of the of causes of stress.
An interesting study quoted in ‘The Guardian’ by Harvard Professor Daniel Gilbert concluded that 47% of the time our minds wander from what we are doing. The interesting fact here is that people were not at their happiest when their minds wandered and drifted into fantasy but rather when they were focused on the present.
Needless to say, meditation will help this process. Meditation will help, not only to improve your mental and emotional health, but some research suggests it will also help your physical health and help increase your longevity.
Click here to quickly read about 5 basic meditation types from The Mayo Clinic’s website. The major elements of meditation are;
1. Focusing your attention
2. Relaxed breathing
3. A quiet location
4. A comfortable position
So straightforward … a little something for you to think about as you embark on your new year