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By Anna Maltby, SELF
"I’m terrible at trying to meditate — I can never shut off my brain or sit still!" Sound familiar? You know practices like mindfulness meditation are good for you, but they just seem so counter to our 20-tabs-open-at-a-time lifestyle that it’s hard to imagine where to start. We asked Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., a licensed professional counselor and member of the American Counseling Association, for help. Let’s start National Relaxation Day off on a good foot, shall we?
1. It’s not about saying “om” over and over again.
Unlike some types of meditation, you don’t have to say a mantra or try to picture your “third eye” during mindfulness practice. Instead, you’re focusing on the here and now—thoughts, sensations and emotions.
2. It’s non-judgmental.
When you let yourself take a step back and think about what you’re thinking about (whoa, man), you’ll probably be tempted to say, “Ugh! I need to stop thinking about how much my foot itches and start thinking about relaxing stuff! Um, birds? Oceans?” But the whole idea is to observe your thoughts and feelings and let them float by, without going down the mental spiral of judging yourself for what’s going on in your brain.
3. It helps you enjoy daily life more.
"Once you become mindful you find it easier to savor life’s pleasures in the moment," Medrano says. "You become fully engaged in activities, and discover a greater capacity to deal with adverse events."
4. And it could help you live a healthier life, too.
There’s tons of studies out there suggesting that mindfulness meditation provides stress relief, better heart functioning, lower blood pressure, reduced chronic pain and improved sleep. It might even help you battle addiction, Medrano says.