Mindful meditation is having its moment right now, but if you’re not sure how to go about it, here is a super quick beginner’s introduction to get you started:
- Take slow, deep breaths — in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Various thoughts will pop up to say hello — acknowledge them, then let them go.
- Be aware of each part of your body in turn — from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, tensing and relaxing each one in turn until you feel completely at ease.
Who springs to mind when you hear the word ’success’? Barack Obama? Bill Gates? Ariana Huffington? Ok, so the life of your dreams might be more modestly ambitious than President of the USA (or it might not, who knows?), but the one thing these individuals have in common, other than the dizzying heights of professional success, is that they read before they go to bed. The mental process required to shift our minds from daily concerns to character concerns is a key component of switching off.
5. Unplug and unwind
We’re all guilty of sneakily checking our social media accounts and emails before bed — but trust us, it’s a terrible habit. The artificial light emitted disrupts the chemicals in our brain that promotes sleep, so be strict with yourself and impose a ‘no screen time before bed’ rule — you’ll thank us when you’re realizing your goals, day after day.
4. Use affirmations
You might feel a bit silly at first, but whether it is I let go of today’s worries and trust that tomorrow brings success and joy or You are a neat guy*, repeating a positive mantra in front of the mirror can be a powerful way of subconsciously influencing your mind whilst asleep.
*spot the Friends reference.