Demystification of meditation
There is a lot of hype and mystery about meditation, however it is really doesn’t have to be complicated, full of odd poses, incense and candles, where you have to completely clear your mind from everything to gain some sort of inner peace.
However it can be so simple and it has helped me so much in many ways, during my recovery process with CFS it has been invaluable.
Ways in which meditation has helped me:
- Rest breaks
Positive effects of meditation and CFS
I have read all about the positive effects of meditation on CFS and here are but a few:
Mental and emotional benefits
- More even moods, fewer mood swings
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased energy and vitality
- Improved memory and cognitive function
- A sense of peace and calm
- Reduced Stress
- Reduced depression
- Reduced heart rate
- Lowered blood pressure
- More balanced nervous system
- Better Sleep
- May help balance the immune system to help the body resist disease and heal
- Less physical stress and a more balanced autonomic nervous system (which is what governs the stress response in the body)
Whilst you shouldn’t put your hopes on achieving all of the above, if you meditate regularly it is likely that you will see come benefits, for me it helped me achieve: better sleep, reduced stress, anxiety and improved concentration.
Here is my quick guide to meditation:
On your own
Breath in and out deeply and slowly, and start to counting down from 300 in multiples of 2 : 300, 298, 296 etc. Every time your mind wanders you start again.
This really helps to but you into a state of calm.
With the help of an app
Apps can really help with meditation, especially for beginners, there are such a wide range out there and I have downloaded soooooo many of them! You name it, if it had the word meditation, calm, relax, or sleep aid in it I have probably tried it.
Out of all of them I have found buddhify (Link) this one isn’t a free one but it only costs £1.99 and its absolutely amazing, also once you pay there are no add ons you need to pay or adverts.
It is full of loads of short (5-15min) meditations for loads of different situations and is really clear and easy to use. You simply pick the category you want – from the colourful wheel, then pick a meditation you like the look of- by swiping up on the name you get a little description of what it is about and how long the meditation lasts for.
For example, in the screen shots I have taken: I want a mediation for going to sleep, and I like the sound of ‘Cradle’ swipe up and get a quick description, and click and you are on your way.