Meditation has the most incredible reputation for relaxation and ideal for those with insomnia and anxiety. The relaxant effect of meditation can help to “let go” or “come down” to a relaxed baseline of calmness and clarity. Meditation is a key practice in building more self awareness when it comes to how we react to stress, how we respond to stress and how we relax from stress, both in the menopause and in everyday life.
What is meditation?
The premise of meditation is to be more mindful in creating stillness within yourself; which doesn't mean toning down feelings or blocking thought patterns. Meditation is simply about focusing your attention to the present moment and being with feelings and thoughts that arise without analysis, resistance or judgement. We can meditate in silence, with a guided voice (search ‘clarity: menopause meditation’ on your phone apps) or with appropriate music (search ‘meditation music’ on youtube).
How do I start meditating?
1 - Find a position that is most comfortable for your body; it could be sitting up straight and cross legged, sitting up straight on a chair, or even laying down on your back.
2 - Set your timer. Start with 3, 5, or 10 minutes if you are a beginner.
3 - Drop your shoulders, relax your hands, close your eyes or soften your gaze, close your mouth and breathe deeply through your nose, into your stomach whilst making no effort to control the breath, just simply breathing as naturally as possible.
4 - Focus your whole attention on your breath, and notice how your body responds to each inhalation and exhalation.
What are the benefits of meditation in the menopause?
The physical body is always trying to release stress; if we don’t express it, that energy gets stuck in our joints, tissues, and organs—and stagnates within the body which can create more intense and frequent symptoms in the menopause, so if you wish to experience;
- A natural remedy for stress relief
- Less frequent/dramatic hot flushes and night sweats
- Regulated hormone production
- Lower high blood pressure
- Reduced tension based pain, such as muscle, joints, headaches, ulcers
- Strengthened immunity
- Improved mind clarity and mood patterns i.e. less anger and frustration
- Increased emotional stability
- Problems perceived differently
- Enhanced intuition
- Improved communication
Then a regular meditation practice is highly recommended for you.
What can help with meditation?
Remember that a regular meditation practice is necessary in order to truly see the benefits, especially if your lifestyle is a busy one! Even if you can only squeeze a few minutes of meditation in per day, this will be enough to cleanse and nourish yourself from within, and enrich your sense of inner peace and contentment. Where we may normally feel quite emotionally overwhelmed, confused or shut down, we can bring more harmony and calmness and learn more about ourselves and with a consistent meditation practice, which can cause such a positive change to our overall energy, strength and wellbeing in the menopause.
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