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And relax... how to master the art of meditation

Here at KBPT, we’re big believers in holistic health. Yes, we love HIIT, weight training and running but we also know that your body and mind need other things. 

 

So, ahead of World Meditation Day on the 21st of May, we thought we’d slow things down a little. After all, meditation is great for reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing patience and enhancing self-awareness.

 

Whether you’re a complete newbie or meditation is already part of your daily routine, here are a few recommendations from the KBPT team. Follow #WorldMeditationDay on social media for further information.

 

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Create the right environment

 

Turn the lights down, light a candle, wear comfy clothes, grab a cushion to sit on, put some essential oils on your pulse points. Do whatever you can to make your meditation environment as relaxing as possible for all your senses.

 

Be present

 

When you meditate, you open your mind and focus all your attention on what you’re thinking and feeling. As health guru Deepak Chopra says, “Be present right now. Make choices that make you experience a joyful, energetic body, a loving, compassionate heart, a clear, creative mind, and lightness of being.”

 

A few minutes is enough

 

Ideally, you should meditate for around 20 minutes each day but don’t worry if you’re pushed for time. Just five minutes of meditation can make a huge difference. Perhaps you could do it first thing in the morning or before you go to bed? 

 

Focus on your breathing

 

Sitting upright, close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Then allow yourself to breathe naturally. Notice how your stomach and chest move and how your whole body feels as you breathe in and out.

 

Make the most of apps

 

There are lots of free and paid apps to help you meditate, practice mindfulness and get better sleep. Check out CalmHeadspace and Insight Timer

 

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We know it’s been a full-on year for everyone so, if you haven’t tried it already, perhaps meditation can help you to slow down and be fully engaged with who you are? 

 

As Emma Mills, author of Inhale, Exhale, Repeat, puts it,

 

“By meditating, even for just a few minutes each day, you create order in your mind and this enhances the way you perform in your work and family responsibilities and increases your overall capacity for joy.” 

 

Happy World Meditation Day from everyone at KBPT!

 

Contact Kate at [email protected] to find out how KBPT can help you to boost your health

 

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