Now you have decluttered your physical surroundings, it’s time to begin to begin the process of decluttering your mind. Although a clean home and workspace which is free from clutter can immediately help to reduce stress and make you feel happier, it’s the clutter in your mind which can cause you to fall short of reaching your goal of being a happier person.
Daily meditation is essential if you’re committed to decluttering your mind, learning to handle your emotions more effectively and being more in touch with your inner self.
One of the main benefits of practicing regular mindfulness meditation is that it can have a significant impact on your stress levels. People who meditate daily find that over time, their levels of stress begin to noticeably drop.
Regular meditation causes things which may have seemed very important before to not be so, and what you may have considered stressful in the past will no longer be as you’ll be in better control of your own mind and able to handle anything that life throws at you. This is because when you meditate, you begin to understand that your own well-being is much more important than events or material things, causing you to put less emphasis on them and more emphasis on looking after yourself and your own happiness.
If you are feeling tired and run down, meditation can be the perfect cure. The energy which you gain from meditation gives you more power, control, and cleanses your nerves, allowing you to no longer suffer from feeling drained in the middle of the day or feeling tired after just a small amount of work.
Daily meditation is an excellent habit if you are currently unable to sleep well. Stress and anxiety can cause even the most tired of minds to work overtime, and if you’re unhappy, you’re not likely to be getting a deep and fulfilling sleep each night. If you are waking up feeling unrefreshed each morning and the stress of your life is causing you to toss and turn each night, the habit of daily meditation has the answers that you need.
When you practice regular meditation, your body learns to be able to completely relax, and you will have better control over your thoughts meaning that you will no longer suffer from such a great amount of thoughts in your head. Due to this increased relaxation and better mind control, you will be able to fall asleep much easier at night as well as have a deeper and more refreshing sleep.
Since meditation requires you to remain quiet and in the same position for around fifteen minutes at a time, it won’t only improve your focus and awareness, it’ll also have an impact on your patience levels. Having the patience to deal with stressful situations is important when you want to achieve the goal of decluttering your mind.
After a couple of weeks of practicing daily meditation, you will notice that your patience is increasing. You will no longer feel as frustrated during situations such as when driving in heavy traffic or when you are in a long queue at the store.
Everyday meditation will enable you to feel a better sense of oneness with everything in the world. A large portion of the misery and upset in society is caused as a result of people not feeling at one with others and their surroundings. However, meditation will help you to understand how everything in the world is connected. Everything and everybody is simply energy at different densities, and practicing meditation will help you to better feel the connection that you have with the world and everything in it.
Meditation for reduced pain
Suffering from aches and pains can decrease with meditation Nobody likes to go about their everyday life whilst in joint and muscle pain and in many cases, daily meditation can be a more effective cure than taking painkiller medications.
Headaches are often caused by stress, and with stress being a result of having too many thoughts in your head at once, meditation helps as it causes you to put unnecessary thoughts out of your mind and get rid of the mental clutter. When practicing meditation daily, you will no longer be thinking as many thoughts at once and therefore any headaches caused by stress and anxiety will disappear. Since meditation helps your muscles to relax, it can help reduce or completely eliminate muscle pain.
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Saying ‘thank you’ is something that we tend to do automatically – when somebody holds a door open, or if somebody lets us pass on the sidewalk for example. But, there’s a difference between just uttering the words ‘thank you’ and actually practicing a grateful attitude. Instead of saving being thankful for simply those times of year where it’s popular such as Thanksgiving or the Christmas season, practicing an attitude of gratitude every day of your life can open up a number of benefits to you and your happiness.
Not only does practicing gratitude and saying thank you constitute good manners, studies show that displaying appreciation can actually be a great way to make and retain new friends. So, whether you thank a work colleague for holding a door open for you or write a quick note expressing gratitude to somebody who helped you on a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions towards your life and happiness can lead to new opportunities.
Expressing gratitude can have a significant effect on your physical health. Reports show that grateful people tend to experience less aches and pains and feel healthier than people who don’t practice gratitude regularly. Perhaps unsurprisingly, practicing regular gratitude will also encourage you to take better care of your own health for example by exercising regularly and visiting the doctor for frequent health check-ups. Being grateful for what you have regarding your health can be a great motivator when it comes to paying more attention to looking after yourself.
Practicing gratitude can seriously help to improve your mental and emotional health. Being truly thankful can decrease a significant number of unhealthy and negative emotions which you may feel, for example anger, resentment, regret envy or frustration.
Leading researchers in the study of gratitude have proven with a number of different case studies that making a conscious effort to practice gratitude daily can have a huge positive impact on your well-being, helping to improve happiness and minimizes feelings of anxiety, depression and dissatisfaction.
Increase mental strength
Over the years, extensive research of people who engage in daily gratitude has not only shown that the habit is able to reduce stress and increase happiness, it can also play a major part in helping individuals to overcome trauma.
Experiencing a traumatic event whether it be in childhood or adult life is a huge contributor to feeling unhappy in your daily life. Recovering from trauma can take years, and in many cases it is a person’s mindset which decides how quickly and how well they recover.
If you have been through trauma in your life, practicing daily gratitude can help you to quicken your recovery and gain better control over your life and emotions. Recognising all of the things which you have to be grateful for even during the worst times of your life leads to a greater ability to foster resilience and strengthen your mind, putting you in a better position to cope with trauma.
It is no secret that not sleeping well can have a huge impact on how happy you feel in your daily life. Sleep is vital to our mental energy and getting a good night’s rest enables you to start each day feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on any stress and complications which may get in your way.
Practicing gratitude reduces negative thoughts of stress, worry, envy, anxiety and even revenge – all of the things which can keep you up at night. Studies show that grateful people tend to get a much better sleep each night as they don’t have as many negative thoughts preventing them from relaxing and falling into a deep and refreshing sleep. Spending just ten to fifteen minutes jotting down a few things which you are grateful for before bed can help to increase your happiness and allow you to sleep feeling significantly more positive and relaxed.
Improve your self-esteem
If up until now your life has been cluttered with stress, dissatisfaction and unhappiness, it’s highly likely that your self-esteem will also be suffering as a result.
When you practice gratitude, you will be a lot less likely to experience feelings of resentment towards people in better careers, for example. This will in turn encourage you to feel content with your own life and the things which you have – something which is crucial for good self-esteem.
Comparing yourself to others can cause you to foster resentful and negative feelings towards yourself. However, daily gratitude can help these feelings to disappear and instead, you will begin to foster feelings of thankfulness for what you have and a pride in yourself for everything which you have achieved.
People who practice gratitude daily and truly learn to be thankful for what they have also experience an increased ability to be sensitive to others and empathise with them.
Being grateful will help you to behave in more of a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kindly to you. Having the ability to empathize with others will put you in a position where you are less likely to retaliate against others and be able to see the positive side of situations more often.
Practicing gratitude can significantly decrease your desire to seek revenge even when others wrong you, which in turn helps you to let go of negative and stressful thoughts which can interfere with your happiness.
How to practice gratitude
We all have the ability to cultivate and practice gratitude. However, if you currently feel that you have nothing to be thankful for and have hit rock bottom, it can be extremely difficult to begin changing your habits to practice gratitude daily and be thankful for everything which you have.
But, it’s important that you don’t give up. Ensure that you use the positive mindset and strategies for practicing acceptance that were mentioned in part 1 of this blog series when you are working to increase your ability to practice gratitude each day. You could begin by simply taking a few minutes each day in which you will make the effort to list some things which you are grateful for.
This doesn’t have to be huge things – the small things can often mean the most, so if you’re grateful that it didn’t rain today, you’re practicing gratitude. As you get used to finding things to be thankful for rather than finding things to resent, you will become more used to the habit and eventually, practicing gratitude will become second nature.
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About the Author. Karen Perkins is a Life Coach and Personal Hands-on Organiser. She enjoys helping busy people achieve results through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.