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Taking care of ourselves mentally always tends to get short shrift, particularly for aid workers, which is why it’s time everyone made self-care a priority. Just like having shelter, food, water and a place to sleep, self-care also belongs on your daily agenda. As incredible forms of self-care, yoga and meditation can prepare us to weather even the worst days. So here, Rise of Happiness explains how to adapt this into your life for now and indefinitely.
The West has historically relied on Western medicine precepts in treating patients—in which the body is separate from the mind. Eastern medicine, conversely, views the mind and body as one entity. There is no “split” between the two—to treat one is to treat the other. This is the essence of the practice of yoga, which is one component of meditation and mindfulness. Parmarth Niketan explains that the term “yoga” means “join” or “balance.” In addition to inducing calm, clarity and relaxation, the benefits of yoga may also include reduced pain, increased body strength, and aid in battling addictions.
In-person yoga classes can be beneficial, particularly in gaining helpful feedback from instructors on poses or breathing, but it’s helpful to have flexible solutions. Fortunately, yoga is largely an individual activity and there is something to be said for fewer social distractions. Online classes are readily available. In fact, there are countless online yoga and meditation classes. There are also numerous meditation apps you can use for free or in various levels of paid membership.
Massage and meditation may seem like completely different practices, but they have a deep and often overlooked connection. Both aim to relax and soothe the mind and body, allowing for a sense of inner peace and calm. Massage can help release tension and stress in the muscles, while meditation focuses on the breath and the present moment.
By combining the two, individuals can experience a deeper level of relaxation and mindfulness, leading to improved overall health and wellbeing. Whether enjoyed separately or together, both massage and meditation have incredible benefits for the mind, body, and soul.
Awareness is one key component of mindfulness and meditation. While we think of that as inner awareness, one can’t help but also be aware of the physical environment. If you are feeling unsettled with seemingly no obvious explanation, it could be due to negative energy in your home. Perhaps you or someone you love had a bad experience there and the power of that experience still resonates in your living space. For many people, living in a disorganised space with abundant clutter can also create a dissonance that can distract mindfulness efforts.
Verywell Mind notes that decluttering your home can be an important first step in seizing control in a time when so much seems beyond our control. Start with one room at a time. Utilise storage bins that you can slide under cabinets or the bed to organise and keep stuff out of sight. Canisters, drawer dividers, and shelves can create tidiness while still keeping necessities within your reach.
Consider a new white or yellow coat of paint, particularly for a dedicated yoga or mindfulness room (or in whatever room your meditational activities are most likely to occur). Energise your spaces with plants or give your windows a facelift that invites the outdoors in, including opening your windows whenever the weather permits for a natural and literal “breath of fresh air.” Once you have your space ready, work up to spending 30 minutes in meditation a day. This practice can be great for fostering positivity. You can even add some prayer, positive affirmations, or gratitude to the mix for an extra positive start to your day.
Never before have the current generations encountered a time of such deep upheaval and disquiet. We’re all doing our best to move forward, but there remains a toll that’s being exacted on us mentally and physically. To help counteract the effects, it’s crucial to make our mental health a priority. By including meditation and yoga into our daily routines, we’re taking a step to be better prepared to weather whatever comes our way.