It’s Christmas !
The festive season is known to be a time of celebration but, for many this time of year can highlight and reinforce the feeling of loneliness. In this article I explain the benefits of meditation and how it can help reduce the feelings associated with loneliness and isolation.
To be happy and healthy, most of us know that we need to get a good night’s sleep, eat healthily and exercise. However, very few of us realise just how important human interaction is to our overall mental, emotional and physical wellbeing; after all we have basic human primal needs and being part of a ‘tribe’ is essential to our overall wellbeing; it makes us feel safe and secure, it helps us cope better with everyday life, we feel more motivated and are less anxious when we interact with others.
Studies show that “feeling connected” to others strengthens immunity, lower levels of anxiety and depression, improves self esteem and compassion, to name just a few of the benefits.
Us humans have a tendency to obsess over the past and worry about the future (instead of simply living in the moment) and too much time alone can have significant mental and physical health consequences as it allows time to overthink, over worry and over stress.
How can meditation help tackle loneliness?
Meditation ‘teaches’ The Brain to overcome loneliness
Lets think back to when we felt at our happiest? For most of us, those precious times spent with friends and family quickly come to mind.
Whether we are playing games, eating, drinking, talking, or laughing with our loved ones, the natural human connection we feel anchors our awareness firmly into the present (instead of worrying and obsessing when alone).
While the very best cure for loneliness is a strong **social network and a loving family, this isn’t possible for everybody. **Social network does not refer to Social Media as, conversely studies have shown that spending a significant amount of time on Facebook can cause feelings of disconnection, loneliness and isolation.
Neuroscientists believe that our brains generate more than 50,000 thoughts per day and, for many of us, these thoughts are useless, fear based and outdated internal dialogue that bear no relevance to us in the here and now ~ the ‘present moment’. The same old same old repetitive thoughts about not being good enough, feeling inadequate, incapable, hopeless and unloved create a fog that sends us in to a downward spiral, creating stress, anxiety and depression.
Meditation quiets and stills the mind. It teaches you to be aware and mindful of your thoughts, your inner dialogue, as it moves the power away from the busyness of your ‘primitive’ mind, thereby allowing your mind to slow right down and eventually invites a calm yet equally powerful ability to open up the door to a healthier way of thinking and feeling, which invites an opportunity to explore new opportunities to engage in social activities.
My meditation classes are friendly, welcoming and informal. You do not need to have any experience as the focus is on quieting the mind and relaxing. Anyone can meditate.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you would like to find out more about how my meditation classes or to book a space on email@example.com or tel. 07855054688.
“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” Napoleon Bonaparte