Did you know four out of every 100 people suffer from anxiety? And that women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than men. This is according to a study led by the University of Cambridge. With the pace of modern day life and our always on lifestyles, it is important to take time to relax. Instead of looking at your phone before bed, try a combination of meditation and yoga, called “beditation”.
Not only is “beditation” an easy and inexpensive way to reduce stress, it will also help you fall asleep afterwards.
Before you start
Step 1: Focus on your posture
In order to relax and not fall asleep, sit on your bed with your back straight. Close your eyes and bring your awareness back to your breathing.
Your breath is the link between the mind and the body. Breathe in and out through the nose and deepen your breath so that it goes right down to your stomach.
This will feel awkward at first as you’ve probably been breathing shallowly all day. But keep going, you will get there.
Step 2: Breathe slowly
Slow your breath to a four-count inhale, and a four-count exhale. Don’t force it, just keep it gentle. There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Step 3: Increase your awareness
Bring your awareness to your upper lip just below the nose. Try to feel the air as it passes across the lip as you breath out.
Step 4: Focus on the breath
Every time your mind wanders off, don’t get discouraged, just gently bring it back to your breathing.
At work? Listen to this meditation music from Yellow Brick Cinema.