Happy World Mental Health Day!
25 years ago, the World Health Organization designated October 10th of each year as World Mental Health Day, in order to raise awareness for mental well-being across the globe. This year’s theme is, Mental Health in the Workplace. If you’re working full time, you’re likely spending one-third of your day at work…and sometimes, even more. Bummer, right? With that being said, the time we have to ourselves, outside of work, is valuable and important. Today, I want to talk to you a little about meditation and why my goal for the next 21 days to focus on my mental health.
Whether you’ve attempted to meditate before, or haven’t at all, you may have already formed some sort of opinion about it. If meditating “didn’t quite work out for you,” you might of had an experience somewhat like this:
Sit down cross-legged, close your eyes, start thinking of a million different things, thinking of why you’re thinking of a million different things, take a deep breath, adjust your legs, “wait, are you falling asleep!?” Get attacked by more thoughts, adjust your legs again, “what do I do with my hands?!” Find a moment of clarity, get attacked by your thoughts again, feel like it’s not working, then the meditation ends with you thinking – did I do any of that right?
Let me assure you…YOU’RE NOT ALONE! There is a reason why they call it a meditation practice. It takes practice before you really feel its magic! After practicing meditation, my eyes started to open to the multiple benefits. When I meditate, I literally feel like an emotional weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. It feels like my mind went on a vacation. My life always seems to fell like it’s in a go, go, go state and meditating helps me feel like time has stopped…even if it’s just for a few moments. Here are some of the benefits of meditating:
- Reduce stress
- Increase happiness
- Improve concentration
- Practice mindfulness
- Good for your health & well-being
With these amazing benefits, I definitely see why mental health in the workplace is important. Many people, including myself, deal with stress at their jobs. Stress is so harmful to your health and has been proven to cause health issues in millions of people around the world. With the amount of time we spend at work, it is important to do things that are good for us.
So here’s where the 21 days comes in…well technically 20 now. I signed up for a FREE challenge that is going to help me (and hopefully you) exercise the mind and improve my mental health. The challenge started yesterday but it’s not too late to sign up!
This meditation challenge is sponsored by Wanderlust and is led by Light Watkins, who is a long time meditation teacher. So far, I’ve done day 1 and Light has some very inspiring and wise words before the 5-8 minute meditation. His voice is calming and he guides you through the practice. The videos are only 15 minutes long and you receive an email each day with a reminder to meditate. The videos are only 15 minutes out of your 1,440 minute day! The real question is: why not set aside 15 minutes for yourself each day? You deserve it!
Let me know if you decide to join the challenge! I’d love to hear that others have decided to join!
Lots of love,
xo – Irene