Since I’ve been pregnant, meditation has become part of my daily routine. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it even helped when I was going through my morning sickness.
Meditation can help with so much more than just feeling relaxed. Some scientific tests show that meditation helps people become more compassionate, it can lower someones sensitivity to pain, make the brain work faster, sharpen someones concentration, reduce anxiety and stress, fight depression and so much more.
Here are the basic steps of my morning meditation:
Pick Your Time and Location
I think that the morning is the best time to meditate, because I feel that it prepares me for the day ahead, but when you choose to meditate is completely up to you.
I use my living room floor – with a blanket and cushions for comfort – as I don’t really have much choice for space in our flat. But you can pick anywhere, pick a room that feels special to you. I would love to do my meditation in a back garden, but unfortunately we don’t have our own, yet.
Grab a Notepad
Before starting my meditation, I like to write down everything that has bothered me or I have found difficult – whether it be throughout the whole week or just the day before – so I know what I am focusing on to get out of my head. I also like to write down everything that has gone well in the week and things that have made me happy, because I think it’s important to not just focus on the negative things.
Sit in Meditation
I simply close my eyes, relax my body, and breathe deeply in through my nose, and out through my mouth. Letting go of everything, all the stress and the anger of the week or day before and letting myself accept it. Let all your thoughts float by, but without attaching onto them.
Sometimes, I put some relaxing instrumental music on in the background as I find it helps me think better, or relaxing sounds such as waves on the beach.
I usually meditate for about 5-10 minutes. It makes me feel much more relaxed and open-minded, it has helped to keep the stress levels down whilst being pregnant, and I will definitely be continuing after our little one is born.