How to use your vacation to find inner peace with mindfulness practice
Being on vacation is a great time to get some much-needed rest and recharge your batteries. However, if you can set new healthy habits while away it can also help you maintain a feeling of relaxation even when you return to the regular routine. Regular meditation is one of the ways to improve mental health and cope with whatever life throws at you, and being on holiday and away from the stress of work and the dayto-day is a great time to put a mindfulness practice into place.
Here we round up three ways to help you get started with meditation.
One of the easiest ways to meditate and bring your attention to the present moment is just to practice simple, mindful breathing. Benjamin Blasco, an expert, believes that creating just a 10-minute daily routine is a good start to setting a practice, and adds that you don't need any special clothes or gear; just focus your attention on yourself and your breathing.
Dim the lights, get ready to take some time for yourself, and light a candle on a table three feet in front of you, at eye level. Sit in an upright, comfortable position, either in a chair with the soles of your feet on the floor, or on the floor in a cross-legged position. Take some deep breaths, and focus your gaze on the candle flame.
Try not to blink for as long as you can, and as your mind starts to wander try to focus your attention back on the candle flame.
Yoga nidra, sometimes called yogic sleep, is a practice in which yogis use the savasana relaxation stage to practise a guided meditation. Start by lying down in a comfortable spot in savasana, also known as corpse pose. If you’re in your room a blanket can also be used for extra warmth, and pillows for propping your head and as a bolster for under your knees. Next, become aware of each of your body parts, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and so on, spending 15 to 20 seconds on each. Feel your whole body relaxing and getting lighter, be aware of your thoughts, and remember to also be aware of your breath. When ready, bring yourself back from your relaxed state. You may fall asleep but don't worry, you will still benefit from this restorative practice.
ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO MEDITATE AND BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO THE PRESENT MOMENT IS JUST TO PRACTICE SIMPLE, MINDFUL BREATHING