International Self-Care Day is July 24 and this is certainly the year that you can use it! With everything in flux and challenging your plans for the future – or even for the next day, it is a perfect time to go over several tools for self-care and love using meditation/mindfulness and compassion for yourself.
I want you to experience its benefits immediately. I know it is difficult to focus on one thing for an extended time and make positive changes in your life. Let’s tap into the global energy and opportunity of the 24th. On Friday I will be doing a Facebook Live @12:30 pm Eastern time. Please join me on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/miriam.belov.
As a mother and a wife, I am ever vigilant and I am certain that you are also during the plague of Covid-19. In 2020, you especially need to establish a practice for self-care. You have the urgent need to do so since you really do not know what is happening during this global shifting you are living in.
Because this is so important and there is so much information, I shall be sending out several blogs and tips on the topic. This is the 1st one in honor of International Self-Care Day.
Meditation Helps You in Being You
A few of the benefits of meditation include reduced stress and improved general well-being. The benefits of mindfulness are feeling more confident and productive. You are better able to take care of yourself now.
You need to practice this just like any other new skill. It takes time and effort. By reducing stress, you can achieve these results much faster.
Besides being a stress reliever, mindfulness makes you more productive and allows you to achieve goals. By practicing mindfulness, you become more intentional and aware of decisions. It can help influence how you interact with others and yourself.
The benefits of meditation are both mental and physical.
The psychological benefits include:
- Having more effective social relationships
- Less anxiety
- Better sleep
- Improved memory
Physical improvements include:
- Strength and endurance
- Increased focus
- A stronger immune system
- Increased energy
- Reduced body fat
- Decreased blood pressure
- Reduced stress levels
- Enhanced focus
- And more efficient use of energy
It’s Time: 3 Easy Ways to Begin a Meditation/Mindfulness Practice
Do you find it challenging to get into a daily mindfulness routine? Most people do but once you develop this practice, it becomes an important event in your day. Choose a time to do meditation every day to get started. The goal is to get into the habit of taking a few moments each day to be mindful.
- Have a Daily Time to Meditate
One of the best times to practice mindfulness is in the morning when you first wake up. Being quiet can help you remember your dreams. It can also help you set intentions for the day. You can even lie in bed as you practice.
Choosing a good time for yourself is dependent on your family or your work schedule. If you’re rushing in the mornings, it may not always be the best time to start a mindfulness routine. Try the afternoon if it works at a better time for you. After a few hours of focused work and lunch, our brains long for an escape from so much focus. The afternoon is a great time to set up a mindfulness routine. Take a few minutes after lunch to practice.
There’s always the time before you go to bed that you can also choose to practice meditation which allows you to review the day’s events and emotions. It can put you into a restful state of being so that you sleep better.
- Tech Disconnect
Obviously having your smartphone around during a meditation or mindfulness session is distracting. You live in a high tech, low touch society. During your meditation, you want to get in touch with the still small voice inside of you, not the iPhone ringing.
Listen to the sound of your breathing. Practice exercises without the use of tech. You may wish to start off using meditative music but as you continue, your ability to listen to yourself grows. So the next time you reach for your phone, be mindful that you could also practice your session without using it.
- Practice Makes Progress
Learning how to meditate and be mindful takes focus. You need to practice. It is like learning any other skill be it tennis or baking a cake. Set aside time – and ideally a space -for yourself to be quiet in. Choose a corner of a room or even a whole room if you can to create a sacred space. Bring in a table with some favorite pictures of those you love and flowers you admire. A candle and aromatherapy such as oils or incense can intensify the experience.
Journaling after meditation acts as positive reinforcement. As you journal, you may notice changes in your thought process and feelings that emerge. Mindfulness journaling helps with the transition through these feelings. It provides insight into deep-rooted thoughts to change your perspective about your beliefs. As you develop a quiet mind with your meditation, you may also just be able to catch an inspirational thought that can help you with a project you are working on!
My gift to you during the month of July is a special pricing when you schedule a private healing session which includes meditation techniques for you – or someone you love – to learn. I also do past life readings which are especially insightful at this time.
You can contact me through my website, www.wellnessagenda.com. Just fill out the form on the landing page. I wholeheartedly look forward to being of service to you during this challenging time.
As a certified Reiki Master Teacher, my psychic energy work moves clients from dis-ease to integral health and from fear to success. I create positive change through my techniques and curated strategies that transform lives.
During the pandemic of Covid-19, I am doing these healing sessions long-distance: you in your home and me in mine. As a Master healer, I can do this. There is no difference if we are physically together or not.
The founder of The Wellness Agenda, I am the ‘Keep Calm’ Mentor: a pioneering expert in the mind body spirit field who now – after 40 years of work – is a global visionary. As a #1 best-selling author, consultant, speaker, healer, and media producer, I help countless people by being on US media to teaching in Auroville, India and lecturing at the United Nations headquarters in NYC.
With a dual Masters from Brown University, I create bespoke wellness programs for many organizations, most notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the US Dept. of Labor, the Estee Lauder Companies and Shiseido. I appear on TV and social media platforms and was on WOR 710AM iHeart radio, NYC’s #1 news and talk station, as a wellness advocate.