You may have heard a lot about meditation lately. It is a hot, new trend for everyone, for good reason. It has been proven time and time again to improve the lives of many. Meditation has been linked to more feelings of being calm, less depression and anxiety, better sleep, better moods and even helps your brain age slower and lowers your risk for diseases. But why should women in particular meditate? Here are some reasons:
- It can help strike out PMS and its annoying symptoms. If you are at the age where you PMS, you might be familiar with the symptoms at this time in your cycle. From moodiness to feeling fatigued to cramps, it can be very frustrating to feel this way each month. Meditation can help calm you and even ease physical symptoms.
- Meditation can help fight anxiety, depression and stress. If you have been experiencing infertility, meditation can help ease your stress and help you let go of your pain. Try meditating with your partner for increased benefits.
- Just like meditation can help with PMS, it can help with menopause. If you are experiencing pre-menopause or menopause, meditation can help calm your body both mentally and physically.
- Meditation is also great for pregnant women! It has been shown to help reduce stress which can be harmful for the baby, reduce food cravings and increase quality sleep.
So how do you start meditating if you’ve never done it before?
- Be gentle with yourself. Like anything, trying something new can be difficult. Start with a few minutes and work your way up to 20 minutes a day or longer.
- Start in a comfortable position. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on a meditation pillow with your hands in an “om” position to reap all the benefits. You can lay down on the floor or your bed, sit in a chair or whatever makes you feel the most at ease.
- Take deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing. When your mind begins to wander (and it will), focus back to your breath. This will definitely take practice. You can even use words to maintain focus on your breath. Try thinking or chanting “peace” repeatedly.
- Try listening to a guided meditation. There are tons out there now and even free apps to download. You can search for a specific meditation for a problem you’re dealing with or a simple one to start with until you get more comfortable.
Have you ever tried meditation? What is your meditation practice like? How has it helped you? Share with us!