The festivities are coming to an end and thoughts turn to our new year resolutions. If 2015 didn’t turn out as well as you’d hoped, you may be reflecting on what could have been improved upon. When I consider many of my previous resolutions for improving my lifestyle, I now know that most of them were completely unrealistic! I mean, when would I make time to use my juicer everyday, or write in a journal regularly. I am declaring now to you all that I am going to blog regularly this year. but it’s not really in my nature to do so. Maybe once a month is a realistic target- let that be my challenge!
Yes, I really understand how difficult it is to fulfil new year resolutions. It all goes swimmingly to plan until we hit a problem like family difficulties, illness, extra pressure at work. Then, whoops, those new lifestyle changes get shelved as we revert to our old coping strategies.
This is where meditation can help you.
I have been very interested in understanding the latest trend of the Mindfulness Programme. I’m sure it is very valuable, particularly for people needing coping strategies to deal with significant mental health issues. The programme is time consuming, which is something many of us have a problem with. Interestingly, at the core of the programme is the requirement to meditate regularly. Professor Mark Williams states that this is the most essential part of the Mindfulness programme. All the research about Mindfulness shows that there are brain changes in people who use the programme regularly, reflected in improvements in coping strategies, mood, reduction in anger and aggression.
However, research done previous to the Mindfulness programme has shown that meditation is the key to changes in the brain.
If you are considering making changes to your lifestyle, then I would definitely recommend that you try meditating. Don’t over commit yourself, try ten minutes a day for five days of the week. Be realistic, and make a time when you know you are least likely to be called on. If you are an early bird, try first thing in the morning. If you are a night owl, make it part of your getting ready for bed routine. It isn’t a quick fix, but after a couple of weeks regular practise you will start to feel the benefits, and so too will people around you.
Go for it!! All the help you need is right here!