16 Feb Meditation and Headspace
March is creeping up on us which means springs is in the air and it will not be long until we feel the warmth of the sunshine on our faces again.
This winter has certainly been a gloomy one and many of us have resorted to hibernating from the cold and corona whilst gorging on hearty food.
Do not beat yourself up about this Instead, let go of the guilt, forgive yourself and do not let it impact your motivation to make this year a physically and mentally healthy one for you.
Do you need a loving arm around the shoulder and a pep talk?
We have taken the liberty of drip feeding you guys some healthy and helpful tips that might just push you into taking that first walk, that first step to switching up the diet or even just nudge into finally implementing that self-care routine you always wanted.
Netflix have just released a great new series called Headspace -the guide to meditation.
Headspace takes a friendly, animated look at the benefits of meditation while offering techniques and guided meditations to jump-start your practice.
Mediation and mindfulness have been around for centuries and is known to reduce stress, help fight anxiety, improve sleep and on some occasions even reduce blood pressure.
So, what are you waiting for? One Netflix binge you do not need to feel guilty about!
For those of you who are trying to steer away from the sofa there is in fact a Headspace app which has been kicking about since 2013 with over 1 million subscribers.
The app, which offers the first ten sessions for free and a subscription after that, has an appealing design with distinctive animations to introduce you to new meditation techniques. 30 days on Headspace has been clinically proven to reduce stress by a third, With CO- VID 19 blighting the UK and many people in isolation, taking good care of our mental health is paramount right now
You may be thinking who is behind this concept, is it a team of tech wizards preaching about becoming Zen whilst plugging headspace which essentially is an app on your mobile, but when you discover the founders and their backgrounds it all sort of makes sense.
Andy Puddiscombe is a Meditation and Mindfulness expert. Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation instead. It was the beginning of a ten-year journey which took him around the world, culminating with ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Northern India.
After completing his time in a Monastery Andy then went on to divulge what he had learnt on a consultancy basis and began working with individuals in High pressured occupations… and that is where he met Rich Pierson stressed from his demanding role in advertising, Andy and Rich began to start swapping skills in business and mediation and that is how Headspace was Birthed.
See Meditation and mindfulness is not just for the modern hipster it can be applied and proven to be very affective in professionals and many high achieving individuals accredit much of their success to this method of relaxation.
Jeff Weiner, the former Yahoo executive-turned-LinkedIn CEO blocks out time in his calendar each day to practice his meditation.
UFC host and host of the popular podcast the Joe Rogan Show, may not fit the image of the average meditator, but Rogan states it has had a large impact on allowing him to focus on various ventures with a clear- and cool-headed approach.
It has been well documented that Davina McCall has suffered with addiction issues but despite facing such challenges she has managed to kick her demons and become one of the UK’S most adored and in demand presenters. Davina is now a fitness fanatic and is also a lover of meditation, something she tweets about regularly.
Regardless of how you choose to meditate, there is proof that it is like a workout for building the skill of emotional control, and that in turn is a valuable skill to have when you are a high performer in any field. Whether you are looking to reduce stress, embark on spiritual enlightenment or just find stillness and clarity in these crazy times then there is a meditation practice for you.
Let us know how you get on!
The Globacare Team