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  • Writer's pictureChristina Scalese RDN LD

Is Meditation for You?

Ask yourself these questions: ⠀

Are you stressed out, even more so with current events?⠀

Do you have trouble sleeping?⠀

Do you eat too quickly and sometimes too much in a sitting? ⠀

Do you lose your patience? ⠀

Do you get anxious easily? ⠀

The biggest question - have you ever said something along the lines of, "I can't meditate. I can't sit still. I can't stop thinking when I do it so it's not for me."⠀

All of these are reasons to begin incorporating a daily meditation practice, especially the last one! ⠀

Even if you didn't answer "yes" to any of these, meditation will help with concentration, patience, focus, and help you to stay present in the moment, when you're not meditating. ⠀

You'll learn to be more present for the moments that matter, and bring yourself back to a place of peace and calm when stressful situations arise. You'll learn to become more in tune with your own needs and wants. When your mind begins to see what stillness is like, it will start to crave it more often. ⠀ even recommends meditation to increase sleep time, improve sleep quality, and make it easier to fall and stay asleep. And we know about the benefits that quality sleep can have your productivity, eating habits and weight, cognitive performance and so on. ⠀

Mediating will also help you be aware of your eating habits and your body's nutritional needs. You can see how everything is intertwined when it comes to health and wellness. It's not just about eating or exercise, or sleep, or stress or mental health. It's everything together.⠀

Not sure where to start? Don't get intimidated by a daily, 30-minute silent meditation. Start with 1-2 minutes of planned mindfulness each day. Or perhaps a guided meditation might be a good place to start.

Like anything, you make a choice every day to do it or not. ⠀

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