Why Meditation Should Be Your Brain’s “Scheduled Maintenance”
Technically, sleep is already our brains’ regular scheduled maintenance, but if there were any other one thing you could do to improve your mental health, de-stress, and be more productive in all the right ways, meditation would be it.
It has significant benefits when it comes to improving your focus, concentration, and attention span, as well as alleviating stress and anxiety. Even short periods of meditation can stimulate lasting positive changes in parts of the brain associated with stress and anxiety.
The point of meditation isn’t necessarily a woo-woo connecting-yourself-with-the-cosmic-ether exercise; for many people who do it for mental health—it’s more about learning how (because it’s an evolving process, not something you just do) to clear your mind and be right here, in the moment, for whatever you’re doing. Believe it or not, you can improve your concentration and slow down your day-to-day life with meditation. Meditation requires only a willingness to concentrate on what’s happening and, in most cases, slow your mind down and follow your breath. You can do it lying down, in a chair, or using equipment and spaces you’ve set aside for such practice.
Do a Guided Meditation: Guided meditation is akin to guided imagery, a powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination toward a conscious goal.
Try Meditative Coloring: Coloring for adults may actually have stress-relieving effects, according to a small study. It is repetitive, brings you to the present moment, and lets you do something relaxing in an almost trance-like state, easily shutting out other distractions. When you color, you focus on it and let your worries float through and away, just as you do in meditation. So, coloring can be a good option for people who want to meditate but suck at meditating.