Updated: Feb 15, 2021
Whether you are spending your Valentine's Day alone or with a partner, it is imperative that you take out some time for yourself today. As educators we do important work, so it is vital that we practice self-care.
When we think of self-care, it's not uncommon for tangible items to come to mind---we like to buy ourselves things, it makes us feel good! However, self-care is also about soothing the mind and spirit. If you have not thought of this already, I'm here to unpack the importance of meditation. If you have thought of meditating and maybe aren't as consistent, I'm here to share some points as to why it should be a practice not just today, but everyday if possible.
5 Benefits of Meditation
Helps to relieve stress and rids the mind of negative thoughts and feelings
According to an 8 week study done at the University of Oxford, meditation can help individuals cope with depression and anxiety.
Helps to improve self-compassion
Can help to regulate blood pressure
Meditation helps to alter the activity in the Default Mode Network in the brain. This is the part of the brain that causes the mind to wander. Mind wandering is associated with being unhappy because while the mind is wandering, it is mostly worrying about the past, future and harping on old events.
How to Meditate
Go offline: no phones, laptops, iPads, etc. The next 10-30 minutes are all about you so you need to unplug!
Set the Vibe: What's the most peaceful place in your home? It can be the tub, your bed, or your couch. Make this place your own (even more so). Light some candles, dim the lights, run a goddess or bubble bath, etc. Make the space of your choosing one you will enjoy as you sit in silence and peacefully grapple with your thoughts and feelings.
Set a Schedule: Meditation is a very healthy practice that you should do consistently. Map out days and times that you will dedicate to this practice.
Repeat: You've set a vibe and a schedule, now its time to be consistent. Tip: pay attention to how you feel after you are finished meditating daily. After a week, reflect on your overall emotional well-being.
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