A Nurses beginner guide to Meditation: Self-care, switch-off and sleep.

Meditation has profound benefits not only to one’s physical health, but mental and emotional health too. Studies promote an ease of mind and increased ability to focus. An effective strategy for Nurses and Health Professionals to switch off, and reap profound rewards.

Apprehension about getting started is normal, and following these basic steps can help break the process down, and bring more zen to life.

  1. Create a safe place.

Deciding on a specific spot is pivotal in building a regular practice. Having a regular spot can train the body to relax when in the same location. In addition having something special like a candle, a cushion, a rug or a small memento to gaze at, can help the mind develop a routine to relax.

2. Make the time.

Nobody is going to have time left over in the day for “meditation”. Practicing first thing in the morning, before anything else is a great strategy and recommend.

3. Be guided.

Make use of the experts who have put great content into free apps. Examples include: Headspace, Insight timer, Calm and Smiling Mind. Another benefit is that when logged, progress is monitored and milestones are achieved, which generates confidence and momentum.

4. Enjoy the practice.

Start with just 5-7 minutes at a time. Only build up the time after 30 consecutive days.. It is also normal to fall off the bandwagon, it is just part of the journey and learning. Start again, and start small. And congratulate yourself, know that any minute spent in meditation is beneficial to your wellness.

By Amy Benn

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