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A lot has changed this past year since COVID-19 took over our world and literally stopped our lives as we knew it. The world is way different than what we’re used to and honestly there’s a lot of NEW shit going besides the stuff that already influenced our lives pre-COVID.
I’ve made several changes to my life as well. If you don’t know, I was in an accident just prior to when COVID hit Denmark and I’m realising day by day that I need to change things. If not, I’ll simply fall deeper into the hole I’m already pretty deep in.
Therefore, last month, I decided to start doing something I’d never thought was going to be necessary and if you read the title of this post, you probably already know what it is – I’ve started meditating.
Meditation – why did I start?
Honestly, I’ve always been really sceptical towards this whole world of meditating, healing etc., but I need change. I’ve always felt like it was an escape from reality and a way to run away from problems. I’m not trying to offend anyone, I just haven’t been educated well during my time growing up. I mean, I’ve never had anything against people doing “these things” – I want you to do exactly what you want to do and just because something doesn’t help me, it doesn’t mean it can’t help you. I wrote a bit about this in my previous post – Please, do disagree – just not with me! – feel free to check it out.
As mentioned I needed change. I’ve come to the conclusion that my mental state of mind isn’t as good as it used to be with everything that has happened this past year – the accident, COVID, being alone for a long time (+1 year by now) and just no social life or ability to travel – all things I need in my life. Simply put, I’m finding ways to escape from my reality for about 10-20 minutes per day to remove focus from everything going on.
When am I using meditation?
Another reason to why I wanted to start was because of an app called ‘HeadSpace’. It’s a meditation app and they have a student deal where you can get a year for 9,99 EUR. Prior to this I used some videos on Spotify and YouTube to figure out if I could stick with it or if it was just another brilliant idea I wouldn’t stick with.
I’m not sponsored by HeadSpace or anything but this app is brilliant – but when am I using meditation?
Meditation means dissolving the invisible walls that unawareness has built.Sadhguru
- Every morning for 10 minutes after my walk before school – simply to mentally prepare myself for another day with online lectures.
- Every day after school for another 10 minutes. I spent a lot of time in front of my pc due to school, projects and lack of better things to do during lock-down. It’s amazing to just shut down the PC and sit around without any distractions.
- When I feel snacky. I’m trying to drop down in weight and instead of snacking when I feel hungry I do a 5 minute meditation to try and remove that feeling of wanting to snack. Sometimes it helps and other times it doesn’t. If the meditation doesn’t work I’ll usually go for another walk.
- When I feel like I need to step back or if I have a bad day injury-wise or just in a bad mood.
Wrap Up – what do I think?
I’m desperate to find a way to get better mentally. I’ve been meditating for a month now. Usually 10 minutes every morning after my walk and 10 minutes every day after school and then whenever I feel like I need to take a step back.
I’m really surprised by what it has done for me. It calms me down so much and when I have one of my many headaches I helps me focus on something else. When I do it pre- and post school I’m mentally preparing myself for the day and honestly, I feel like my breathing has become so much better. I feel it when I walk and I feel fresher afterwards. Maybe because I’m more focused on me and what’s going on with ME – not what’s going on around me.
If you made me read this two months ago, I would’ve called you crazy. I’m chaging so much every week, I feel and I’m glad that I’m trying out new things. Some methods don’t work and some does. I’m still new at this and I’m sure I can improve mental self by sticking to it. Let’s see!
This was a bit longer than I expected but I’m actually pleasantly surprised by all of this. If you’re sitting out there reading this and feel motivated to try it out, let me know – I’d love to hear your opinion on it. If you sitting out there and you actually do meditate, feel free to drop me a comment on which guided meditation videos/recordings I should listen to.
Thanks again for checking in guys.