Have you ever wondered how some people are able to stay calm in the most stressful situations? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to destress and tackle your anxious thoughts? Meditation may be the answer.
What is meditation?
Meditation is about learning to observe our thoughts and sensations in the body without judgement. It is founded in hundreds of different traditions that encompass spiritual practices, self-awareness, and mindfulness. The goal is to be fully engaged in a moment in time that contributes to a better understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.
Why should I meditate?
There are many mental health benefits to meditation. Individuals who participate in a regular ritual of meditation can observe decreased stress, improved focus, clarity, calm, and peace of mind. Reduced stress and emotional wellness facilitates more self-compassion and better relationships with others.
How do I meditate?
Meditation can be done anywhere and anytime. It is not a one size fits all process. Deep breathing is a type of meditation you can easily try at home. It is good for reducing stress and grounding the body. Follow these simple steps for a calmer you:
Find a spot that is quiet and comfortable.
Choose a time of day that fits best.Some people like the morning and use meditation as an opportunity to get grounded and set the mood for the day. Other people like to do the evening and use meditation to calm down and mentally unwind from the day.
Close your eyes and take a deep inhale through your nose for a count of 4.
Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
Exhale through your mouth for a count of 8.
Repeat 3-4 times.
Meditation can feel foreign when first getting started. Most of us are not familiar or skilled at being quiet with ourselves. A counsellor can help to identify sources of stress and what type of meditation might be useful. As a person engages in meditation and develops self-awareness, a counsellor can also be there to help process insights and issues that might arise. Consider seeing a TELUS Health MyCare™counsellor who will be happy to guide and support you on your journey in finding more calm and happiness in your life.*
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*Counselling appointments available to TELUS Health MyCare users in BC, AB, and ON. Counselling appointments require additional payment of $120 inclusive of applicable taxes. Users under employer-sponsored solutions will not pay a fee for the service. Any payments for appointments must be paid using a valid credit card. An in-app receipt will be provided for you to claim for reimbursement if applicable.