How to Self-Care with These Meditation Alternatives
By prioritizing relaxing activities you naturally gravitate to you can much easily incorporate meditation into your self-care routine versus it being a burdensome afterthought.
Meditation is so trendy these days. A testament to our fascination with age-old Eastern concepts. Proof of our willingness to embrace what we previously shunned, meditation is now one of the most popular self-care activities in the Western world.
I tried (hard) to hop on the bandwagon given the range of mental and physical health benefits attributed to it. But after a quarter long class, a weekend long silence retreat, and a daily regimen trying out three different iPhone apps, I was deeply discouraged by my progress.
Thing is, I'm a thinker and an analyzer. I live in my head and silence invites introspection. With meditation we're supposed to let those thoughts come and go, but I can't and I don't want to. Ruminating on life is one of my favorite pastimes.
Nevertheless, it is true that sometime your mind needs a break. So, I decided to evaluate areas where I am more naturally inclined to relax, unwind, and think about nothing.
Once I came up with my list, I simply started to spend more time doing these things. And suddenly meditation was organically integrated into my self-care routine versus being a burdensome afterthought.
Here are 10 meditation alternatives that could provide you with an easier way to relax, recharge, and find peace:
- Read a book
- Go on a walk
- Bask in the sun
- Tidy your space
- Listen to music
- Take a train ride
- Stroll along the beach
- Sip a cup of tea
- Play with your pet
- Sit still for a while
These everyday activities may not lead to the same profound impact that many meditation enthusiasts tout, but they'll get you one step closer to contentment.