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Two years in – Life with MS: Challenges

Two years in – Life with MS: Challenges

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Beach days, Camping and a Kingfisher Photo – July ’18

Beach days, Camping and a Kingfisher Photo – July ’18

Wow, what a month July has been. At the weekend we’ve had the first proper rain since May! The weather recently has been unlike any British summer I’ve ever known. It’s been holiday weather every day. Many have been complaining about the heat and I […]

No news is good news

No news is good news

It has been absolute ages since I last wrote. I’ll be honest. It’s not that I forgot. It’s not that I have nothing to write about. I’m in a funny place right now, blogging-wise. There are two reasons. I’m feeling really well My therapy has […]

The Half Moon Pub, Kirdford

The Half Moon Pub, Kirdford

Last week, to blow away the January blues, I was invited to the Half Moon Pub in Kirdford, near Billingshurst. January seems to just go on for ages (are we still not done with it??) so a date night was just perfect. Although it was […]

My Word for 2018

My Word for 2018

It has become a little tradition now for me to think about a single word that would stay with me for the year. It is supposed to remind myself of what I want to achieve and what my priorities will be. Last year’s word was […]

2017 – The Downs and Ups

2017 – The Downs and Ups

Happy New Year everybody! I hope those of you who were able to take time off work had a good break. We had a pretty chilled Christmas, just what we all needed. Father Christmas was generous and we are very lucky to have had a […]


Selfcare

Discovering Meditation

Discovering Meditation

For around three months now I have been meditating on a regular basis. It came recommended to me by my Occupational Therapist, and although a little sceptical, I’m pretty much up to give anything a try.

I decided to start when Noodle went back to school after the summer. The school run in the morning is always a big stress and exhausting, no matter how organised I try to be. Often fatigue would hit on the walk home and that was my day already set for a shaky start. So, I set my meditation time to just 10 minutes between the school run and rushing off to work.

The results were incredible. Meditating for 10 minutes was like a super-power nap. Just taking that short time to do nothing but concentrate on my breath was life-changing. It completely cancelled any fatigue I might have been feeling. This dramatically changed the way I started my days. I am now more focused and balanced.

After just a very short time I started to really look forward to my 10 minutes. It’s a little space of time just for me. The house is quiet, phones and TV are off. In the past, I would have taken the fatigue I gained on the school run to work with me. I might have it shaken off by lunchtime, it might have lasted all day. It made working difficult, like working with a toothache, I often struggled to focus or even care!

Meditation is not about sitting on the floor, legs folded, saying “ohmmmm”

Meditation is actually incredibly uncomplicated, just a simple focus on something natural, like your breath, or your body touching the seat etc. My OT recommended that I always sit in the same position, holding my hands in the same way, but how I would sit, was completely up to me. She advised that I should think of a seating position that I could adapt on a busy train, should I ever need or want to. And it works. When I sit down upright, place my right thumb into my left palm, I instantly feel calm. My body is learning to associate it with the meditation.

Another thing to note is that every day is a bit different. Some sessions are easier than others. Some mornings my mind wanders a lot, other days my focus comes more natural. All of this is completely normal and part of the journey.

Now I’ve been meditating for a while, I will look at guided meditations for different purposes. I use the Headspace app and the paid option offers a lot of different meditation subjects including Self Confidence, Relationships, Anxiety etc. There is even a section for children. The first 10 sessions are free on Headspace, so you can try it out yourself. Over this short time, I have become a firm advocate of meditation and should probably get shares in the app as I’m recommending it so much to my friends. I should add, I have not been sponsored to write this post in any way.

So will you give it a go? 😉
Feature Photo by Josh Adamski on Unsplash


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