Tips for increased focus, better sleep and less anxiety

Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? There are so many things that demand our attention, it can be hard to focus and keep a positive mindset.

Meditation has been recorded throughout history, through written texts and even cave drawings for thousands of years, dating back to ancient times. At any time where a person's mind is either totally quiet or completely focused, without thought outside of one particular chosen stream, meditation is being practised.

Since your thoughts create your reality, the best way to improve your reality is to change your thoughts. Right thinking and right attitudes are the roadmaps that allow us to reach our potential. Jump start your day, become more present in the moment so that you can lift your mindset and focus on what matters most.

“Realise that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what’s real." Doc Childre

Through Meditation you are the observer of the mind, it's about decluttering the mind and developing calmness. So when stress and worry are present, you have the power to de-identify with them and be free from worries, anxiety and fear.

Meditation is about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective and balance. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings; you’re learning to observe them without judgment. Meditation is known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions and can help carry you more calmly through your day.

Research has shown that meditation develops certain areas of the brain, such as those that are responsible for memory, compassion, and empathy. Meanwhile, parts of the brain associated with fear, stress, and anxiety (such as the amygdala – the “fight or flight” centre) begin to shrink. Anxiety neurotransmitters may decrease, whereas the pleasurable neurotransmitter dopamine may increase. These and other subtle changes result in an overall feeling of improvement in your health and wellbeing. Scientist Dr Herbert Benson who founded mind-body research and exposed the mind body as one system, in which meditation can play a significant role in reducing stress responses. By reducing the time that we spend being engaged in the fight or flight response, only then can we heal physically, mentally and emotionally to a significant or lasting degree.

Here are some benefits of the regular practise of meditation;

  • more calmness and mental stability

  • increased focus, ability to concentrate, attention to details and productivity

  • less emotional distress, anxiety and stress

  • better sleep

  • Increased motivation

The practice of mindfulness meditation is more about noticing and relaxing: it’s about letting go. How do you actually do mindfulness meditation? Usually you would sit in a posture that helps you focus on a meditation object, such as your breath, then simply watch what’s going on for however long you want to meditate: watching, noticing, and letting go of thoughts that might distract you away from staying with the breath. People who practice meditation regularly find that it contributes to an overall sense of well-being, capability and contentment.

Among the many positive outcomes of stress reduction, scientific studies point to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of stress-related illnesses. The ability to focus and remain concentrated gives the mind space to make informed decisions and effectively determine priorities. Anyone who’s ever had a sleepless night knows what a gift quality sleep can be. By giving ourselves just a few minutes meditation time each day, we will begin to feel calmer and happier, and find that life’s inevitable challenges are becoming more manageable.

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