Does your mind get so loaded up with thoughts, tasks, people, events, or memories that you become overwhelmed and exhausted?
For many of us getting overloaded in such a fast paced busy world is a common experience.
Such a busy mind can be disastrous for your health and wellbeing.
The most common problems include:
- Poor sleep
- Lack of focus
- High levels of stress
- Poor decision making
- Irritable mood
- Relationship conflict
There are too many people, blokes in particular, who exacerbate their overwhelmed mind by attempting to numb or wipe out their thoughts.
Many men get lost in behaviours such as:
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, including binge drinking
- Addiction to illicit drugs
- Over use of prescription medication.
Breaking the cycle
In some meditation philosophies the ‘monkey mind’ is a term used to describe how the mind swings from one thought to another like a monkey swinging from tree to tree.
It’s a powerful metaphor that describes the worst experience of feeling out of control.
Taming the mind with meditation requires lots of patient practice.
Research has shown how regular meditation and mindfulness practice assists mental and physical health.
Mental health benefits of mindfulness include:
- Increase connection with yourself, your partner and to others in general
- More balance and less emotional volatility
- Calm and peace
- Self-acceptance and self-compassion
- Becoming less judgmental
- Manage difficult thoughts and feelings safely
- Increase self-awareness
- Less reactive to unpleasant experiences
Physical health benefits include:
- Stress relief
- Aids in the treatment of heart disease
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Improved sleep
Do you have 8 minutes?
Allow me to share with you a mindfulness exercise! It will take just 8 minutes to practice!
I will guide you to clear some space in your head!
This exercise will get you to slow down, find some clarity or just simply press the pause button for a while and maybe even help you to sleep.
The benefits are enormous with regular practice.
I suggest 2 sessions of 8 minutes each per day. 16 minutes per day in total! Give it a go!
The exercise is narrated by my dulcet tones.
Simply press the link below.