Here at Indie and Harper we know how busy life can get and how easy it is to forget to take time for ourselves to relax and wind down. Life can be stressful and at times it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day for our jam packed schedules. In between working, brunching with our besties, and attending pilates classes it can sometimes feel impossible to take a moment for ourselves to forget the stresses of life and solely focus on our wellbeing and mindfulness. Meditation is the perfect way for any busy woman to find peace, become focused, attentive and more appreciative for the little things in life.
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As we all know, time is precious and hard to find so we want to show you how a simple 10-minute meditation session can have an amazing impact on our sense of being and overall state of mindfulness. The benefits of meditating regularly have astonished us and made us super excited to share with you some helpful tips to meditating. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved concentration and attention to detail
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved self- awareness and self-acceptance
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved sleep patterns
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So babe, here’s five handy tips you can use to set up the perfect meditation session from your bedroom, office building, school classroom or on the go!!
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits has some incred meditation techniques we think would be perfect for any meditation beginner to follow, check out some of our fave techniques below!
Be still for two minutes
Try taking a couple of minutes a day to sit and be still, allowing your mind to take a break from everything going on around you and to focus solely on being calm and still.
If you can, close your eyes to help block out the distractions of your everyday life, this will make it easier to concentrate and focus your mind.
Focus on your breathing
You can do this at any time during the day whether you’re driving in traffic or sitting behind your computer screen. Try concentrating on your breathing by maintaining a slow and steady breath, allowing your body to completely relax. Try inhaling through your nose for ‘three’ counts and exhaling through your mouth for another ‘three’ counts to maintain a steady breath.
Try meditating first thing in the morning:
Meditating in the morning is a great way to awaken your sense and mentally prepare yourself to start your day with a focused, calm and clear mind.
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Control the wandering mind
It is almost certain your mind will begin to wander when you are meditating. With such busy lifestyles its natural for our minds to sneak back to reality and the worries of our everyday lives. Try recognising the moment your mind starts to wander and begin to centre your thoughts again by focusing on your breathing. To do this, count ‘one’ as you inhale and ‘two’ as you exhale until you get to number ‘ten’. By ‘ten’ you should be breathing at a steady and comfortable rate, allowing your mind to stay focused and free of distractions.
Use a meditation app
There are so many amazing apps out there offering incredible mindfulness training and guided meditation sessions that you can listen to at home or on the go. Some of our favourites include Headspace, Smiling Mind, Calm and 1GiantMind. Each of these apps can be used to help learn how to meditate effectively through simple techniques, relaxing sound tracks and easy to follow steps.