Don’t let your fitness plan be part of what’s stressing you out. Instead, focus on calming techniques and a gentle yoga stretch.
Life is stressful, and stress can cause both weight gain and anxiety. If you need some tips on how to calm your mind and temporarily escape the chaos that life often brings, then these meditation tips and gentle yoga routine will be perfect for you.
Many people consume foods that are high in sugars, fats and salt to help them feel good during times of stress. Junk foods stimulate the pleasure center in the brain, especially during times of stress. The harsh reality is that the feel-good factor we get from consuming these sugary and fatty treats is short lived. In addition, consuming these food scan lead to poor overall health and weight gain.
That’s why it’s important to find other ways to manage stress. When you need to regain your focus, calm your mind and avoid the pitfalls that come with reaching for the cookie jar in times of stress, try yoga and meditation. They’re ancient practices that are associated with some wonderful health benefits.
Adding a gentle yoga routine to your morning, or after a long day, clears your mind and sets a positive tone to your day.
Meditation is simply a term for spending some time disconnecting from the chaos of life, attempting to quiet your mind and be in a calm state of awareness.
Simple meditation do’s and don’ts
Don’t think that you need a completely silent and secluded place to practice. In the real world, especially in a home with kids, finding complete silence is almost an impossible task.
Do try to remove yourself from all major distractions, such as phones, computer screens, television and incredibly loud spaces.
Don’t convince yourself that you need any special equipment, such as a yoga mat, bells or blankets. You can meditate anywhere. The less stuff you rely on, the easier it will be to take a quick moment to practice.
Do try to sit or lie down in a comfortable place where you feel relaxed. You can keep your eyes open or close them. Just do what feels right for you.
Don’t force yourself to start breathing with a specific style, like belly breathing or nose breathing. It can initially put you off or even make you feel light-headed. You can work on breathing technique once you start to feel comfortable with meditation.
Do focus on your breath. Feel the air coming in and leaving your body. Simply be aware of your breath and how it feels.
Don’t start thinking negative thoughts when your grocery list or to-do list starts to creep into your mind.
Do redirect your focus away from your grocery list and back to your breathing.
Don’t have a long list of affirmations or goals that you think about or chant out loud.
Do have one or two key words that help you to relax or guide you towards positive sense of well-being.
Aim to find 20 minutes of quiet time for yourself once or twice a day. Remember that meditation is considered a practice, just like yoga. So yes, that means it may actually take practice to feel the full calming effects.