Last week we talked about ways to manage stress and this week we will be talking about mindful meditation! Have you ever just taken a few moments for yourself and tried to relax in your hectic day? Well, mindful meditation is a perfect way to loosen up and relieve the stress in your life. The whole point is to focus on the present moment. Try not to let your mind wander to the past or future, but if it does just bring it back to the now.
When you want to meditate, make sure to find a peaceful place where noise will not distract you. You don't have to do this for long periods of time, just take about 10 minutes here and there to help you get relaxed. Make sure you are comfortable the whole time. It's up to you whether or not you would like to sit in a chair or on the floor or lay down. The first thing you should do is pay attention to your breathing. This will help you stay concentrated and will stop your mind from wandering. During this session different feelings may come about and it's important to notice those feelings and then bring yourself back to your breathing.
The goal of meditation is to help you focus on the present and what is happening right in front of you instead of worrying about things that are out of your control.