Mental Health Minutes

Taking a mindful moment, even for just a few minutes at the start or end of your day, can work wonders for stress relief and relaxation. Whether you’re curious about beginning meditation or have been participating in the practice for years, a simple five minutes a day could be all you need to sleep soundly, breathe deeply and calm your thoughts. Found to help relieve stress, insomnia and symptoms of anxiety, five minutes of mindful meditation a day could be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re struggling with a busy and tired mind.

Set aside the time. Find a time of day or night that suits your schedule and designate this time to meditating. You can easily set an alarm for five minutes or use a meditation app to help keep you on track. Once you find a time and technique that works for you, you’ll be less likely to skip your daily meditation.

Relax the mind and body. One of the most important elements of meditation is to have complete focus on ‘being’, rather than thinking. Taking deep breaths, try to clear your head. Sit or lie in a comfortable position and feel your body relax. You can have your eyes closed or open, but it is best not to feel distracted by what is going on around you.

Keep trying. Meditation may not be for everyone, but it is important to try this activity more than once to see if it can help you over time. In the process, it can’t hurt to spend a few minutes a day working on your breathing and taking time out from your busy day. If you start to think about other tasks or aren’t sure if you are ‘doing it right’, simply bring your attention back to your breathing and remember that it is okay for your mind to wander just as long as you can bring your thoughts back to the present for a calmer, quieter mind.

Discover more mindful activities in Audrey Daybook – Issue 10, Take A Breath.