Having a regular meditation practise is a wonderful way to keep yourself emotionally balanced and healthy.
We can’t always control the events and situations in our lives but if we are in a state of calm, then we are able to deal with the stronger emotions more effectively. Being in a state of stress, worry or anxiety, will push us over the balance and it will become harder to manage our feelings and actions.
When we are stressed or anxious, our body is pumped with cortisol and our central nervous system instantly tells our adrenal glands to release adrenaline. This is fine for situations which require us to be ready to fight or fly in life-changing situations, but if our bodies are continually under stress, then all these chemicals being pumped around our bodies can have a detrimental affect on our organs. Regular meditation can help to lower cortisol levels and as our body relaxes, it floods with dopamine, a feel good transmitter, causing pleasure – happiness.
While we are meditating, our brains work very hard, producing theta and alpha brainwaves. Theta brainwaves are usually produced in our deepest phase of sleep and alpha brainwaves are produced when the brain is idle, like when daydreaming. During this meditative state, the brain is able to re-structure itself and the grey matter increases which is fabulous for boosting memory, learning and concentration. Therefore we are able to benefit this on top of our daily sleep routine.
Allowing our mind and body to relax regularly allows us to keep on top of our emotions, helping us to think clearly and respond appropriately, but how easy is it to meditate? Actually it can be quite difficult because being able to sit quietly for a period of time has its challenges. Some fidget, others get bored, or don’t like closing their eyes as they feel uncomfortable or vulnerable, whereby some get the giggles. Sitting in meditation effectively can depend on your age or your personality, however, the good news is that there are many different types of meditation.
- A walking meditation where you surround yourself in nature and stimulate your 5 senses.
- Simply breathing deeply for at least 3-5 minutes, noticing any tension in the body, relaxing the muscle groups and focusing on the rise and fall of your ribcage.
- Being creative and losing yourself in an activity can be therapeutic and calming.
- Involving yourself in a repetitive activity can keep your mind focused and free of swirling worries.
- Listening to music, dancing, sports etc are excellent to keeping present.
The key to meditation and relaxation is practise, patience and timing. Making sure the duration is perfect for your children, so that they reap the benefits and keep motivated to return to it regularly.
To support this, I have recorded a mediation on my Calmer Kids FB page for you to enjoy.