How meditation helps bloggers live a stress-free life
A guest post by Frankie Wallace.
When you think of mindfulness or meditation, you might picture monks sitting serenely in a beautiful place. Or lycra-clad yogis curled into painful looking positions, seemingly oblivious to the worries of life. However, mindfulness and meditation are accessible — and helpful — to everyone.
Meditation is beneficial for anyone, no matter what their job is, but especially for bloggers, who spend long hours hunched over in front of computer screens. It’s so easy to get caught up on the internet that sometimes you even forget to breathe deeply.
It’s extremely important for bloggers, who are in it for the long haul, to invest in self-care and mindfulness in order to relieve stress and tension so they can enjoy a long and healthy life. Meditation may seem intimidating, but it’s quite simple. Just a few minutes of focused attention each day can make a big difference.
How to get started with meditation
When you work at home like many bloggers do, it can be hard to permit yourself to take real breaks and pull yourself away from the screen to engage in self-care. Luckily, you don’t need much to get started with meditation. All you need is a comfortable space to sit or lay down and the willingness to try something new.
Many people choose to meditate first thing in the morning to help them get centred and ready for the day. However, you should choose whatever time of day feels best for you. Perhaps a mid-day meditation break is just the thing to help you recharge after a few long hours in front of the computer.
The key with meditation is to start small. Sit for three to five minutes every day for a week, and work your way up from there. Go into a room where you can get comfortable. If you find it difficult to meditate, it may help to change your surroundings.
Finding the right kind of environment
If your surroundings are messy or unappealing, they may become distracting, and you may find it difficult to shift your focus away from your environment. Cleaning the area, applying a fresh coat of paint in a comforting colour, or exploring which furniture trends appeal to you may help you design a room that is conducive to meditation.
Once you’re satisfied with your surroundings, find a good position and close your eyes. Take a few slow, deep breaths. Focus your attention on the breath entering and exiting through your nose. Feel it fill you up and then exhale slowly.It’s okay if you have thoughts while you meditate.
The idea isn’t to be free of thoughts — it’s to not be attached to your thoughts. If you feel a thought come into your brain, simply let it go. You can try repeating a mantra along with paying attention to your breath to help focus.
Breathing exercises like this can sharpen your mind, enhance your senses, and help make you more productive. Bloggers who meditate and practice mindfulness will likely find a new element of calm and a stress-free essence to their lives.
Meditate to connect with nature
Meditating outdoors is also a great way to connect with nature. Sometimes after (or during) a long day in front of the computer, a bit of time outside can help you feel invigorated. If you meditate outside, you likely won’t feel the pull of your various technological devices distracting you.
Learn the basics of a few outdoor meditation techniques. The great outdoors is the perfect place to practice walking meditation. The idea is the same as seated meditation, except that you can focus on slowly placing one foot in front of the other in addition to noticing your breath. Sometimes this is a helpful way to keep your mind from wandering.
Another outdoor meditation technique is to simply sit in the woods, by a lake, or wherever you feel called by the scenery. Notice the sounds around you, take in the smells, breathe, and feel the stress fall away.
Often when we’re outside, we’re in a rush and don’t really appreciate our surroundings. Practicing outdoor meditation is a great way to appreciate Mother Nature and give yourself a well-deserved break.
Meditate to treat chronic pain
It’s no secret that bloggers and other people who work long hours on computer often suffer from painful backs and necks from sitting for extended periods of time. Interestingly enough, you can use meditation to help treat the symptoms of chronic pain.
The powerful effects of meditation should not be overlooked, because one of the most recognized forms of psychological relief is the use of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness can help alleviate pain, both physically and mentally. When you’re able to observe worry and pain and let go instead of grabbing onto and reacting to them, your struggles begin to melt away.
Whether you’re feeling stressed out by work or physically uncomfortable due to the many hours spent sitting at a desk, meditation can help you live a mindful and stress-free life.
About the author
Frankie Wallace regularly contributes to a wide variety of blogs and enjoys writing about health tips and politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.