Imagine your perfect weekday morning. A refreshing start after a good, full night’s sleep, followed by calmly going about an uplifting routine that energies you for a productive, fulfilling day. Perhaps you leisurely flick through the paper, or listen to some mood-boosting music while enjoying a delicious, balanced breakfast.
Of course, for many of us the reality is a touch less idyllic. Trying to keep to a tight schedule first thing in the morning on a sleepy brain can mean that we may sacrifice taking care of our mind and body at the start of the day. The internet eats up a lot of the time that we do have, even before we’ve fully switched in mentally to the day. Research says that 80% of smartphone users check their phones and social media within fifteen minutes of waking up; it’s no wonder stress levels are on the rise!
How we choose to spend our time in the morning is crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing for the rest of the day. Habitually making time to practice even the simplest mindfulness meditation has been proven to offer extraordinary benefits, including alleviating symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and even boosting mood and fine-tuning focus.
Meditation has previously been misunderstood as a strict, religious discipline, but versions of mindfulness have been practiced around the world for thousands of years. The great news is that dipping your toe into meditation doesn’t have to involve sitting still for an hour trying as best you can to empty your mind!
Meditation is increasingly popular as a quick way of infusing calm into the stress of modern daily life, and it’s easier than you may think!
Try this quick four-step mindfulness technique called ‘RAIN’ to welcome a restorative sense of calm:
Meditation can also be easily integrated into your current daily routine, like this simple breathing exercise that can occupy just a few minutes on your morning commute or while waiting for the kettle to boil:
Mindful meditation can be a wonderful complement to a nourishing and invigorating lifestyle.
We believe in actively supporting you through discovering new experiences so if these types of techniques feel alien, try these apps for beginner guided meditation to help you build up confidence in your mindfulness skills:
Re-connect the mind and body alongside a rejuvenating, supportive exercise programme that we tailor to your needs to become a natural and convenient part of your daily routine. Reduce stress, improve strength and agility naturally, relax and re-awaken your senses.