Meditation for pain-relief

You may have never thought of the connection but meditation and mindfulness practice can be extremely helpful for pain-relief! 

 

Whatever you might think about meditation, it is becoming very popular and it does not have to take long. Even taking out 5 or 10 minutes a day to sit calmly, breathe and let your thoughts go has great benefiits. It creates a sense of calm in your mind and your body. Your heart slows down, you become more present. 

 

So why not try it out? It can't hurt..

 

Here are some reasons you should give meditation a go and how you can start.

 

 

There is science behind meditation. You can read more about it here.

in a wonderful explanation by Headspace

There are a growing number of resources for meditation as it is becoming more and more popular. 

 

Here are some: 

  • Headspace: try it out for free or get the app

  • Meditainment: a large library full of relaxing music and online meditation resources

 

 

 

Resources for meditation

Reasons to meditate

Meditation is recognised as healthy and beneficial for everyone. Here are some reasons why you should start and how you will benefit:

 

  • Reduced stress

  • Increased feelings of well-being

  • Happiness

  • Feelings of calmness and clarity

  • Better performance

  • Improved concentration

  • Reduced heart rate and blood pressure

  • Increased grey matter in the brain

  • It literally restructures your brain

 

 

 

How to start

You can start in many ways and there is not a single best way to meditate. 

 

1) Find a quiet place to sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and pay attention to how you are breathing, focus on that and try to just observe your thoughts, not attaching any emotions to them

2) Try the Headspace app

3) Try guided meditations