This is Part 3 to Episode 7 - Understanding Stress (Part 1): Stress and Sleep, where we spoke about what stress is and how sleep comes into the picture and Episode 11 - Understanding Stress (Part 2): Movement is Medicine, where it was all about movement and incidental exercises and how we can all have more of these in our daily lives.
If you have been paying attention, you know that my key messages are
"Sleep is Golden, Movement is Medicine, Meditation is Magic"
This is the third and final instalment to the mantra, to find out more about what exactly is meditation and mindfulness to me and why it is so magical in my life.
Using my own experience and journey with meditation and mindfulness, here I share the five top benefits of having these in my own daily life and hopefully this can inspire you too to take up your own meditation or mindfulness journey.
1. Super straightforward. Meditation and mindfulness actually help reduce stress. It is literally our own on/off switch to immediately tune the body into the state of parasympathetic nervous system - the rest and digest, restore and repair mode.
2. Mindfulness can be sued a strategy to cope with panic attack and anxiety. Listen to how a paramedic back in my university was using a simple breathing technique to assist a student who was having a panic attack. Bonus: how I actually used some simple presence and breathing to pick up the courage to ring my dad whom I haven't spoken to in more than four years! Crazy!
3. Meditation is a tool to deal with depression. After returning from Bali from the Living Simply Simon active wellness retreat, I fell into this mild cycle of depression where my motivation, drive and character were all at a all-time low! So I went to practice what I preach and upped the ante on my own mindfulness practices to gather more perspectives and clarity.
4. Mindfulness and meditation are the stepping stones to more self-awareness. It all begins with the physical senses before we learn to become more sensitive with our mental and emotional sensors. This, in turn, can help us manage our own thoughts, emotions, and reactions. Win win win win!
5. Meditation can also increase our pain threshold or assist with pain management. I see my bodywork therapist every fortnight for treatment which includes dry needling. And it is no easy feat when he is digging a needle in there searching for trigger points. Some mindful and yogic breathing definitely come in handy here.
So, don't just take my word for it. Try it for yourself and I can't wait to hear all about your life-changing stories! DM me on Instagram and please don't forget to subscribe to The Happy Hour Podcast!
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