Meditative Movement And Your Wellbeing

Meditative movement is helpful for a wide variety of illnesses, but at its core – its ability to relieve stress is key. Stress can impact every facet of your health and wellbeing so, learning how to manage it will help you improve your overall wellness.

We live harassed lives, with family to look after, full-time careers, and self-care just a part of everything the world throws at us.

Even our children are touched by stress, with social media pushing competition in a way that we didn’t experience in our youth.

The Goal of Meditative Movement

It doesn’t matter where you are in life. At any stage, the point of the meditative movement is to get in touch with your inner silence, purge your body of stress and access calm from the well of tranquility within you.

The benefits that you will reap include being your best self, enjoying optimum wellness, and just feeling better overall.

Meditation Methods

There are all different types of meditation before we explain meditative movement, let’s take a look at the other options.

• A seated position – you can do it in a chair, on the couch cross-legged on a cushion or the floor.

• Focused meditation – this requires something to focus on, which might be a mantra, a breath or perhaps a candle.

• Sleep meditation – this requires a guide. It’s referred to as sleeping meditation because you lay on the floor as you are led into a deep state of relaxed awareness.

• Walking meditation – you can do this on the move, any time and absolutely anywhere.

• Meditative movement – it can be any type of movement, there isn’t one specific recommendation here. You can meditate while doing any type of physical activity or you can opt for the more traditional methods which include Tai Chi, yoga, and Chi Kung.

The movements that you practice here are slow and deliberate, much like the process of meditation.

So, the meditative movement is a two-for-one, where you can enjoy the benefits of meditation, as well as the exercise you have chosen to pair with it.

Moving in Meditation

• Your breath is the guide to your movement. In yoga, your inhale should direct you to your pose with the exhale allowing you to settle into it.

• As you move, you should bring your mind to the present. For example, if you choose running as your meditative movement, every step that hits the ground can help you maintain focus on the present.

• It might be helpful to choose an activity that you know and love, at least as you get started. It can be challenging to get all of the pieces to fit when you’re starting a brand new physical activity. Just imagine how difficult it would be to quiet your mind when you’re just learning all the moves to successfully execute a pose.

Push any negative thoughts that you have directly out the window and find a positive thought to repeat in its place. Or, simply put it aside and breathe through it.

If you are struggling to get into it you may want to look for a local class, at least until you get comfortable with the process.

Most people meditate in their home where they are comfortable and there are apps and websites that offer free guided meditations.

You may need to try more than one style to find the one that truly works for you. The key is to do it daily and make it a part of your normal routine.

Life can be tough, and it’s difficult to make changes that will improve our wellbeing. However, meditation could be your first step.

Natural Ways to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety is a miserable feeling that plagues a large part of the nation. The traditional way of coping with it at the moment is through strong and potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.

While there’s nothing wrong with taking medication for your anxiety if you need it, some are looking for a more natural option and opt to just deal.

Well, not anymore.

In this article, we’re going to help you identify several natural ways to calm your anxiety without the use of harsh pharmaceuticals containing tons of chemicals. Let’s dive in!

1) Being Physically Active

For many people, regular exercise and movement helps to ease anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins which make you experience happiness while also distracting you from your anxiety, thus helping to soothe it.

Exercising isn’t the only way physical activity can help to ease anxiety. Some find actively cleaning and organizing to be very relaxing.

Others find frequent long walks are more helpful in soothing their anxiety and may be easier for some than exercising at a gym. Give some physical activity a try; you don’t even have to go outside of your comfort zone to do it.

2) Ease Up on the Caffeine

It’s no surprise that caffeine can cause jitters and nervousness, so why would you add it on top of the nervousness and jitters you already have from your anxiety?

New research states that caffeine could cause or worsen anxiety disorders and can be responsible for panic attacks in people with panic disorder.

Removing caffeine from your diet could help to ease your anxiety without the help of pharmaceuticals. It’s important to know, however, if you’re going to cut out caffeine, don’t do it cold turkey.

You have to slowly weed caffeine out of your diet incrementally, like you would a medicine. Otherwise, you could experience headaches and other adverse effects.

3) Start Eating Healthier

Your food is the best medicine available to you. Low blood sugar, chemicals found in many processed foods, and dehydration can all be responsible for mood changes in people.

Eating a lot of highly sugary foods can also contribute to mood changes and anxiety.

If you’ve found your anxiety to be worse, check out your diet. Eliminate the processed and highly sugary foods, drink plenty of water, and make sure your diet consists of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and fruits and vegetables.

4) Try a Cup of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has long been known for its calming benefits. It’s been a common household remedy for nervousness and insomnia since the dawn of time.

A study conducted in 2009 showed chamomile as a powerful treatment for generalized anxiety disorder.

A nice cup of chamomile tea can really help to calm your nerves and soothe your anxiety. Give it a try; what have you got to lose?

5) Meditate and Breathe Deeply

Both meditation and deep breathing exercises can do wonders for your anxiety.

The idea behind meditation is to remove the chaotic thoughts from your mind and replace them with mindfulness and calm, bringing you fully to the present moment.

This can help to soothe your anxiety and ease your worry.

Deep breathing can have a similar effect on those with anxiety disorder.

Regular deep breathing exercises (deliberately taking deep, even, slow breaths) can help you to slow your breathing, calm yourself, and even ease panic attacks.

Anxiety and anxiety disorders seem to be running rampant in our nation today. The most common treatments for anxiety are harsh pharmaceuticals loaded with chemicals that a lot of people aren’t interested in putting in their body.

We hope that, through this article, you gained a knowledge of the more natural treatment options for your anxiety.

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If you have a comment, question or suggestion, please leave a comment below!

Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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