Harvard study suggests that it changes our brain structure, giving us more of nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls executive functioning and attention.
Take small steps. Meditate each day for one minute. With your eyes open or closed, sit with your back straight and look ahead. Be aware of your breath. Inhale slowly, hold your breath for a couple of seconds and exhale. Use your breathing to count to ten and start again, focusing on how your breath is filling and leaving your body. Repeat this for about a minute.
One aim of meditation is clearing your mind of thoughts. However, this is something that comes in time – don’t be put off if you can’t immediately switch off. If you’d like some guidance, try an app like Headspace.
Like any exercise, meditation works best when it’s done regularly. Try integrating it into your morning or evening routine. Starting is the hardest part, but meditation is worth the patience. Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and your brain should be treated as a muscle just as much as your hamstring or bicep.
Your brain is like your body – it needs training, stretching and toning. Start flexing today.
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