Are you stressed out?
Who am I kidding? We all are to some degree! We’re raising kids, nurturing marriages, building businesses, caring for pets, improving our finances, managing homes, finding time to workout, and so much more! Meditation can help with your stress.
I know exactly what you’re thinking – “another thing I don’t have time for.” But one of the best things about meditation is that results can be felt after only spending a few minutes a day (10-20) doing it. It also doesn’t have to cost you anything!
Have you ever wanted to try meditation? If you have, you’re in luck, because I’m sharing two of my favorite (free!) meditation resources with you today to get you started.
The Benefits of Meditation
First, let’s explore the benefits of mediation. Stress can have a negative impact on our health, so it’s something we should pay attention to and try to reduce. According to WebMD, meditation is an excellent tool for stress reduction, and that in turn has a positive effect on health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, in addition to it’s emotional benefits, meditation may also help manage the symptoms of conditions such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
If you’re still not convinced meditation could benefit you, you should check out this amazing blog post that shares 76 Scientific Benefits of Meditation. Wow! Pretty amazing right?
My Favorite Free Mediation Resources
Now I am definitely a beginner when it comes to meditation, and by no means an expert. I only discovered meditation this year! However, I have experienced some great benefits when I have played with it, and I really wanted to pass on my resources in case you want to learn with me. Why wait, right?
BexLife on YouTube
BexLife is a YouTube channel I stumbled upon while searching for meditation videos online. The host of the channel, Rebekah Borucki covers a variety of things including fitness, green living, and yoga. I love her meditation videos! She offers a type of meditation that often involves (depending on the video you choose) guided visualizations.
Her videos are also short! She has a series called “you have 4 minutes” that really takes care of your “I don’t have time for this” excuse. BexLife offers specific meditation videos for things such as anxiety, insomnia, guilt, shame, fear, attracting love, depression, etc. They are all lovely! I always feel better after spending a few minutes with Bex.
The Headspace App
Headspace is a free app (available on both iPhone and Android) that acts like a “personal trainer for your mind.” The free part of the app is a 10 day trial, introducing you to the practice of meditation. You can repeat the 10 days as often as you’d like – I’m on my third round! 🙂 After 10 days, you can choose to subscribe to access additional content and meditations. You can also set the app up to send you reminders, so you can really make meditation a lasting habit.
Headspace and the 10 day trial completely changed my perspective on meditation. The app took meditation from some weird thing I didn’t think I’d ever try, to something approachable and simple. The way Andy (the voice of Headspace) explains meditation, along with adorable animated videos, is really down to earth and refreshing. Plus he has a cute British accent. I look forward to subscribing to Headspace in the future when I can work it into my budget! Using Headspace is great because it only takes 10 minutes to complete a session and afterwards I always feel so relaxed (I even fell asleep a few times!).
Not For You?
Don’t be so quick to judge! Give meditation a try first! It might not be what you thought it was. One of the biggest misconceptions I had about meditation was that you need absolute peace and quiet in order to do it. Not true! Both BexLife and Headspace talk about “background noise” and life distractions and show you how to use them to your benefit. It’s very cool, and I hope you’ll give meditation a try! 🙂
Which will you try first? BexLife or Headspace?
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