Life has become stressful, even going to the grocery store has added stress that it didn’t used to have. In the current global climate created by the coronavirus, we are stuck in a high-stress situation that will end eventually, but it may not feel like it will right now.
One of the most common side-effects of high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression is decreased sleep. It can be a spiral because decreased sleep can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress which will make it even harder to get to sleep the next night.
Additionally, lack of restful sleep is linked to health problems and with the coronavirus at the forefront of all our minds, it can be important to keep our bodies in the best health to fight off disease. And sleep is integral to our body staying healthy.
So, what can you do if stressors are keeping you up all night?
One method that can help you sleep better at night is meditation. Meditation is scientifically proven to help decrease anxiety, stress, and depression. Moreover, meditation can help the practitioner to get to sleep faster, sleep better, and longer.
There are many different types of meditation available for those that wish to try it out. While we can list the many types of meditation, SleePare’s infographic below shares 10 easy meditations that can get you started on your journey to better sleep.
You can perform all of these meditations while lying in your bed. They will help you to drift off to sleep faster. An important thing to remember when starting out with meditation is that it is a skill that must be practiced.
In the beginning, it may be hard to meditate for more than five to 10 minutes at a time, but even five minutes of meditation can be helpful in facilitating a good night’s sleep when you really need it. After practicing the skill of meditation for a while you will be able to do so longer.
One trick to remember when meditating is to always return to focusing on your breath. When you start to get lost in thought, start to count your breaths. You can do this either audibly by whispering as you breathe out or by keeping a mental tally.
You should only count up to 10 and when you reach 10, count backward down to one. By counting your breaths you are able to stay in the moment which is one of the goals of meditation.
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