Meditation and Happiness

Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for processing emotions, alleviating stress and also for boosting happiness. The latter of these concepts may not be one that you have connected to meditation before, but with regular meditation you are highly likely to soon feel your happiness grow.

Happiness & Relaxation

When you spend an ample amount of time in a state of meditation you are likely to feel lighter, more relaxed and more equipped to deal with the day afterwards. When you partake in this activity regularly, this feeling of preparedness for your day and ability to deal with all life has to throw at you will start to become your normal attitude.

As the days, weeks, months etc pass where you continue to meditate regularly, you are going to notice that not only are you happier before your sessions, but also that your happiness is visibly boosted afterwards. One of the greatest things about this is that you can then extend this happiness and positivity to those around you.

Rewire Your Brain

So, what is it about meditation that increases our potential to find this happiness and also to hold onto it? When you meditate you are actually helping to rewire your brain to be able to better handle your emotions and to retain balance and clarity in all areas of your life. Far from being a quick and temporary fix, this will be a long term concept that you can continue to work on and expand. All you have to do to keep this glow going is to persist with your meditation practice, and also make an effort to develop your practice in a variety of ways.

Developing Your Meditation

You can develop your meditation by working to do so for longer periods of time, and also to focus more clearly on addressing specific issues that you are aware of. For example, if you have concerns about your self-esteem, or you know that you are not loving yourself as you deserve to be loved, then spending time working on these things during your meditation can help you to progress in a well-rounded way.

This is something that can be done endlessly as you address the different aspects of yourself that you want to work on, and then revisit them again after a period of time!

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Simple Steps to Striking a Balance

Finding balance in life can be a complicated process. This can relate to several different parts of your day, such as your diet, your sleep, your work etc. Creating a balance between all of the things that you have to do, and all of the things you want to do, will help to keep your mind focused and your mood stable. When things become out of balance then your mood is likely to fluctuate and you can experience increased stress levels.

Although it may seem impossible to achieve complete balance in all that you do, there are certain techniques that I suggest you implement to work towards this concept. The following suggestions will not only help to restore some peace in your day, but will also help you to feel more in control.

First of all, I can not stress enough the importance of taking the time to breathe. Although we are all obviously breathing during every minute of every day, not many actually take the time to pay attention to this process. Taking a moment to focus on your breathing, and to breathe deeply and consciously, can really help to calm your mind and re-focus your energy. This promotes mindfulness and will keep those stress levels down.

Secondly, ensure that you always make time to adequately hydrate during the day. This will help to keep your energy up. This will also help to keep fatigue at bay, which is a great way to maintain balance. When you become worn out by your day, it can often be an attractive prospect to slow down and not accomplish your goals for the day. A combination of water, fresh juices and herbal teas will keep you on track!

Stretching is a great way to energise yourself and to promote balance. Stretching regularly throughout the day also helps you to avoid injury and promotes optimal muscle health. Stretching can range from a few simple movements to going to a regular yoga practice. If you work a desk job then it is particularly important to stretch. In this case, getting up to walk around often will help you to maintain balance in your day as you won’t become demotivated by the constant inactivity.

Finally, paying attention to your diet is one of the most important ways to keep balance in your life. Optimal nutrition is essential to keep your body healthy and only a healthy body can achieve balance in life. Aim to include an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as including whole grains in your diet!

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