Some Tips and a Guide to Meditation


Hey everyone! How are you doing?
The weather this week has been manic! Gusty winds have raged through country and the cold weather has encouraged snowflakes to sprinkle the ground. For me, February month feels like a Tuesday of the week. Emerged in the midst of frosty weather, it’s also heaped with deadlines and stacked with copious amounts of work – stressful, right? Today, I want to share with you a few simple tips about meditation.

I’ve mentioned meditation a few times in many of my previous blog posts, as I know how effective it works when reducing stress. However, I realise I’ve never actually gone into detail and depth about it. Today’s blog post is going to focus on how I began meditation, the benefits of meditation and how to begin/fit it into your routine.

Firstly, some of you may be thinking ‘what actually is meditation!?’
Meditation is all about resting the mind and gaining a state of consciousness which is different from the normal wakening state. It’s about focussing on the present and containing our thoughts. Our minds are naturally so used to wandering and overthinking, which is why meditation can be hard at first, but practice makes perfect!

 “But how do you start!?” is a question so many people have asked me. Although I’m not a daily meditator, I have dipped in and out of meditation routines for years and years, so I can certainly talk about how I began. About 4/5 years ago, I was feeling overwhelmed during the exam period. My Dad, who meditates quite often, shared with me his experience about meditating and, after hearing all the positive effects it had, I decided to start myself. I searched some clips on YouTube – there’s so many! Type in “Practice Meditation for Beginners” and an endless list of options appears. I also really recommend “The Honest Guys” on YouTube and Spotify – they’re really good.

How do you meditate?
You must sit in a comfortable position, with your back straight and eyes closed. Focus on your breathing and focus on the sensations you feel within your body. Focus on the present. And, when you notice your mind is beginning to wander to other things (which it will at first), simply acknowledge it, and swiftly divert your attention back to the present moment. Practice makes perfect!

How to fit meditation into your routine:
Begin by scheduling a 5-minute slot each day to meditate. I recommend doing it in the morning, as this will begin your day with a fresh, clean slate. Meditating in the evening also helps, because it helps calm the mind before bed, altering your body into a resting state which initiates better sleep. Each day, gradually increase the amount of time slot which you spend meditating. It’s up to you how long you meditate for – whatever fits into your routine.  

The Benefits:
Personally, when I am routinely meditating daily, I feel an indefinable change in my mood. I feel less stressed, I cope with stress better and I overall naturally obtain a better mindset towards things. There are so many past studies which reveal the positive effects meditation has on both the body and mind – I’d definitely recommend giving them a read! It’s almost unbelievable because it is so effective. So, if it works for you, I would most definitely recommend giving it a go, because what have you got to lose?! It’s quick, simple and will benefit your wellbeing both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Bit of a different post today, but it’s one I definitely wanted to share! I hope you enjoy reading and let me know how you get on with it! Don’t forget to subscribe if you would like to see more content!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Stress-free Night Time Routine


Hello lovely people,

How are you doing? I’ve been so busy recently with what feels like endless assignments and deadlines! I feel so tired from working constantly – I need a break!

January. The time of assignments, deadlines and exams. Our days are crammed with copious amounts of revision and hard work – I feel like if I reference one more study my whole mind is going to burst. It’s such a stressful time period, trust me that you are not alone!

I’ve noticed that I have been falling asleep later than usual recently due to the stress of my assignments. When I close my eyes, all I seem to think about is the amount of work that needs to be done. So, I decided to introduce a few new steps into my night time routine (and I’ve found myself really benefitting from it) so I thought I would share it with you!

As you know, I absolutely love lavender. I use an essential oil (from Amazon) and I blot it on my pillow before I sleep. Simultaneously, I listen to sleep meditations by ‘The Honest Guys’ on Spotify (you can also get on YouTube) which are so relaxing. There’s one particular meditation I use called ‘Inner Peace,’ and it encourages the mind to wander to a happy place as you drift to sleep. With the scent of lavender in my room as I drift to sleep, it’s easy to imagine I’m immersed in a lavender field surrounded by tranquil waters. Closing my eyes, I leave the busy world of essays behind and escape to a private world of serenity. This method of relaxation before sleep is great because it allows you to create your own private, happy world of peace, allowing you to end your day with happy, relaxed thoughts.

As well as this, I also have got into reading books. I’ve found that even reading 10/15 minutes before bed really calms me down and makes me sleepy too, so I would definitely recommend reading a book just before bed.

Those are, in particular, the most effective strategies I usually use when I’m stressed and need to sleep. Let me know if you try them out – I hope they help!

Have a great rest of your day and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to see more posts!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Mindfulness


Hey guys,

How’s your December going so far? What have you been up to? The frosty cold that welcomes us every morning never fails to trigger a burst of excitement inside me as Christmas soon arrives. Recently, I’ve been very consumed with assignments and deadlines on top of Christmas shopping and organising. Whenever I walk through the city centre on the way to Uni, I can’t help but observe the external panic and rush of other people, cramming their endless ‘to-do’ lists into one day.  So today, I want to talk about mindfulness – a very effective tip to maintain a calm mindset and overall a more positive wellbeing.

You close your eyes. You feel nothing but the waves of calmness which effortlessly run through your body. You notice your stomach expand whilst you inhale the rich, invigorating air, as you release weights of negative energy each time you exhale. You are calm, your affinity for positive energy is present and you are in control…

And there’s a small insight into what mindfulness feels like. Enabling yourself to take a few minutes each day to switch off and indulge in a private, peaceful bubble of calmness has been proven to have profound effects on our mental wellbeing.

If you are struggling where and when to begin mindfulness exercises, try YouTube or Spotify. There are countless video’s and audio tracks on mindfulness meditation provided for both beginners and advanced meditators. Begin by setting your alarm five minutes earlier and utilise those extra minutes to switch off from the outside world and have a moment of restful mindfulness. Begin your day with a refreshed, clean slate, and remember to repeat this daily! I also find that sleep mediation works wonders as well – so don’t hesitate to try that out too. I’ve already mentioned these in a previous blog post, but I really recommend ‘The Honest Guys,’ – they have an extensive variety of different meditations and mindfulness practices, so definitely check them out.

When I first tried out meditation, I didn’t think I would experience the beneficial effects as much as I did. Within days I felt calmer, more collected, less stressed and overall a healthier and happier person! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so please try it out and let me know what you think.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, let me know how you get on!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx