Even the most time-crunched women can appreciate a method that allow you to feel more relaxed in just a few minutes. Meditation relaxes your mind.
In my article 5 Easy Ways to Have an Ageless Healthy Body I talk about meditation. Here's a little bit of that article for you.
"Meditation makes your body happy and healthy by shifting out of the anxious and stressful energy to a place of peacefulness. It gives those stress hormones a chance to calm down and step aside. If just for a few moments, by relaxing your mind, you're signaling your body that all is well.
You don't need to take a meditation class to be able to relax your mind. It can be as simple and turning off all external input and closing your eyes for as little as 15 seconds. You can even count in your head while you do it, slowly please. Try it now and see.
If you don't do any kind of meditation now, an easy way to start is to set a timer for 1 minute and simply close your eyes and do your best to relax until the timer goes off. Each day you can increase the timer by 30 seconds or a minute, depending on how anxious you were during the first minute.
From there you can focus on quieting your mind. Simply put, it means watching the thoughts going by and trying not to engage in the thoughts, which will lead you down a rabbit hole. In the beginning it's mostly rabbit holes, but if you give yourself time and don't judge, that will change and meditation becomes easy and natural.
You don't have to sit in any crazy position. It's best energetically if you sit with your spine as straight as possible. In a chair, on the floor, it's up to you. When I started more than 20 years ago we didn't have phones with timers, so I stood in my kitchen using the timer on the microwave. I explained to my husband who was making his breakfast, "Don't talk to me while the timer's on, I'm meditating." It may have looked silly, but that's how I learned to meditate. Take it one minute at a time."
To help you with this process of creating an ageless lifestyle after 50, and specifically an ageless spirit, I've researched videos for you that are only a few minutes long. You can try each of these methods to see which works best for you. Enjoy!
Here's a simple 5 minute guided meditation.
If you're more adventurous, this one is only sound. In the first part it sounds kind of like a vacuum cleaner. I found it very relaxing overall and the time went really fast.
For a meditation with chanting, this Gayatri Mantra video has over 16.5 million views.
And if you'd like more reasons to meditate, take a look at these benefits taken from an article by Mayo Clinic.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.
Meditation and emotional well-beingWhen you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
Meditation and illnessMeditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it's not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.
With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Binge eating
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse
Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of using meditation if you have any of these conditions or other health problems. In some cases, meditation can worsen symptoms associated with certain mental health conditions. Meditation isn't a replacement for traditional medical treatment. But it may be a useful addition to your other treatment.