Ways to Enhance Your Meditation Practice
As I have mentioned on a couple of the OCD blog posts, meditation is a beneficial type of therapy. This link will take you to an article that teaches way to enhance your meditation practice. To get the full benefit of the article I suggest you read it for yourself. I won’t parrot this advice. Here are a few of my own suggestions:
- Using aromatherapy sets the right ambiance and mood to meditate – lavender is one of my favourite essential oils as it is versatile, smells lovely and calms me.
- Breathing from diaphragm allows you to have slow deep breaths. For some people breathwork is more beneficial than meditation.
- Even though you may not want a distraction listening to nature sounds or classical music is another way to set the mood. Downloading any of meditation and relaxation apps (listed at end of this blog post) help you relax while on the go, at work, in the car and any other activities away from your home.
- Lighting candles, placing special gems and stones.
- I personally like to mediate as I do Tai Chi stretches. Yoga is another method for relaxing and using breathing techniques.
Meditation doesn’t always have to be done while you sit in different poses. Simple meditation can include walking meditation, which allows you to connect with nature and most importantly stay in the present.
As COVID has entered the world on a global scale, causing a change in routines and our lifestyles we have to adapt, sometimes at a cost. When you have OCD or anxiety of any sort the changes can be challenging. This link will look into OCD and COVID. Midway through the article are some helpful hints on how to deal with the pandemic.
Apps that help with Anxiety
Mindfulness – This app goes through methods to help you sleep.
Headspace – Do you find it hard to relax as you are so busy. Take 10 programs gives you access to 10 minutes of mindfulness exercises for 10 days. When you subscribe you’ll have access to the app’s additional meditation including 100 hours of guided and unguided.
Insight Timer.com – has the largest library of guided relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. There are loads of soothing sounds you can access for free.
Breathe2Relax – you’ll be guided through the process of diaphragmatic breathing. There are graphics, animation, narration and videos to practice the techniques.
Calm – is simple to use and teaches you 7 basic steps of mindfulness meditation. Each step has 1 step that can last any where between 2 and 20 minutes. Images and sounds are available for you to personify your experience.
Stop, Breathe & Think – This app is designed for all ages. The 3 step processes teach mindfulness, meditation, kindness and compassion-building.
Omvana – diverse app that provides help with mediation, relaxation, focus and sleep. Signing up for free will give you 25 starter tracks.
All these apps are available on IPhone and Android.
I’ll try them for myself and leave a review on Facebook.
Stay tuned for our upcoming book that addresses Breathing OCD.