By Asia Daggs
Blog Content Contributor
Stress is such an ugly side effect of college. It causes problems like icky skin breakouts, high blood pressure and also can lead to bigger issues like depression. I am constantly stressing about every single aspect of my life, literally. I even stress about stressing, so I am no stranger to this topic. I have done meditation a few times, but I would like to practice it more often. So this post will also be helping me! In the next paragraphs, I will define what exactly mediation is, a description of how to engage in this activity, and the outcomes it can have.
By definition, to mediate is to engage in mental exercise. This can be either dipping into spiritual awareness, relaxation or even quiet thoughts for religious purposes. When you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, this can be a great way to relieve yourself. While meditation can be done a anytime during the day, morning sessions have been more meaningful and helpful for me.
To get started, make sure you get rid of all distractions in order to get a clear mind. Sit somewhere comfortable and keep your back straight. The next step is to close your eyes and start to take deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and push back all other thoughts that come to you.
After you have established the basics, you can add a positive mantra to repeat to yourself. Using a phrase as simple as “I love myself” will work just fine! Try this technique for at least 20-30 minutes and try to embrace the tranquility from the silence surrounding you.
Meditation can create short term benefits such as lowering blood pressure and improving blood circulation. Many people incorporate meditation into their daily routines and it is proven that they promote healthy brain activity and immune functions, which are both long term assets. I am personally wanting to fit meditation into my everyday morning routines because of the great effects it brings. I would highly recommend all of you guys to try this technique at least once this week and take note of how much of a difference it can make. If you would like further information, you can check out How to Meditate.