Give your Brain a Workout
If I asked you, which is the most important muscle in your body, what would you say? Core? Glutes? Legs?
What about your brain?
Altho brain is not a muscle, it can be trained like one. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. You can train your mind to think a certain way. You can actually increase your neuroplasticity, which is the brains ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections.
Why is this important? Because your brain is like an operating system – it controls the rest of the functions of your body. Every thought you have impacts the chemistry and performance of your body. Your mental thoughts also show in your workout.
I used to believe meditation is a whole lot of made-up stuff for people who need help. This is before I actually started doing it. 3 years into it, I can tell you, it has single handedly been one of the biggest factors contributing to my mental health.
Meditation isn’t a religion. It doesn’t need to be done every day or at a particular point of time. But it is a discipline. Like every other form of art, the more you do it, the better you get.
Guided meditations are a great starting point for beginners. I’ve often felt lost and found it hard to get a sense of direction when it comes to meditating. But what I found is no meditation is bad meditation. If you have someone who conducts these classes, they them out! Thats how I started out before i switched to meditating alone.
Some of the best ways to get started :
- Start small. Don’t commit an hour or a day to meditate. Start with 5 minutes at a time and slowly step it.
- Set a reminder on your phone at the time you usually wake up. Or 5 minutes before that.
- Don’t fret if you don’t meditate. Make it something you want to do, not something you have to do.
- Talk to like minded people. You’ll be amazed as to how many people find themselves during this.
Meditations I like to follow :
- https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHonestGuys : Super nice voice, and I imagine him having a Channing Tatum body!
- https://www.youtube.com/user/marymeckley : Calms my nerves down. Every single time.
The potential benefits of meditation are pretty amazing, but here’s the not-so-secret secret: Just like working out, meditating requires training in order to get the best results. You can think of it like a workout class for your brain—the more you do it, the more toned your brain will get and the better you will feel. After a while, it will become something that you genuinely look forward to and want to make the time for. Your brain and body will thank you for it!
Do you meditate? Or are you thinking of starting? Let me know in the comments below!