Tip of the Day: Meditation

I go through stages in my life where I meditate regularly and other times where strangely I couldn’t be bothered to sit down and do nothing for a few minutes. (I think this has something to do with our frenetic lives – we always have to be doing something!). But the benefits of meditation are numerous and are scientifically proven: it reduces tension, anxiety and stress, improves brain functioning and memory, as well as being physiologically good for our heart and blood pressure.

Here is a quick, relatively easy and simple meditation known as Benson’s Relaxation Response. Herbert Benson is a cardiologist who trained at Harvard Medical School.

1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and go through each muscle group in your body relaxing them (starting at the feet).
2. Breathe through your nose, and just focus on breathing naturally.
3. As you breathe out whisper the word ‘one’ (or any other simple word).
4. This is a good opportunity to practice your visualisation skills by thinking of/imagining a curtain blowing gently with each breath you take, or waves rolling in time to your breathing (the image can be anything you choose as long as it is calming).
5. Do this for 2-5 minutes.

This is a great way to deal with stress and daily irritations. So if you’ve got a few minutes sit somewhere quietly and give it a try. You’ll feel a whole lot calmer and more energised.