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An introduction to meditation

An introduction to meditation

Hey everyone! Welcome back to a new post! 🙂

I hope you are all catching up with your assignments and completing those dissertations. I know times are stressful, especially with all the close deadlines that are coming up, therefore today I’d like to introduce you to a stress relieving technique that is very popular and effective, but unfortunately most people from our age group tend not to practise it. Can you guess what it is? Yes, meditation!

So what is meditation?

According to Mayoclinic.org, meditation is a simple and fast way to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be practised literally anywhere! Even spending just a few minutes meditating can restore your inner peace and calm you down.  It has been practised for thousands of years, and it was originally used to deepen the understanding of the mystical and sacred forces of life. Nowadays though it has become a very popular way for relaxation and stress reduction. You can even find group classes of meditation, however I’d advise you to start by yourself in a place you feel safe and relaxed, and if you do like it, you can then look into group sessions with a specialised instructor.

When you meditate, you clear the entire information overload in your brain that builds up every day that then contributes to your stress. It is inexpensive, and it may work for you so there’s nothing to lose in trying!

I started looking into meditation recently when stress from university with all the assignments I have and a dissertation due in 2 weeks left me feeling overwhelmed (not going to lie, I still feel a bit overwhelmed) and could not think about anything else besides the stress I had.

I could literally spend hours and hours talking about all the different types of meditation and its focuses, but a quick Google search will help you find the best option for you. 😉

I think it is really important especially right now, when we are living in stressful and unprecedented times, to look into ways for self-development and taking care of our body and soul. Anxiety and depression rates are at a skyrocketing level so please if you feel like you’re going through a bad time right now, don’t be so hard on yourself, and look for help. You can even book an appointment with the mental health team at University College Birmingham, which is confidential and you can self-refer to it.

Good luck with all your assignments people!

With love,

Alex x



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