The benefits of guided meditation
Guided meditation is a wonderful option for beginners.
You can use guided meditation as a starting point for developing the skills to quiet your mind.
The mind wants to be entertained. When you sit in silence, your mind begins to wander. Getting your mind to focus can take a lot of concentration. With guided meditation, you have a better chance of focusing and enjoying the benefits of meditation.
You’ll see mental and physical benefits from guided meditation in regards to your sleep, concentration, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.
You may find you have better performance at work and improved relationships because you’re better able to concentrate and listen.
The key is committing to the practice.
The benefits of aromatherapy
Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is defined as a “holistic healing treatment that uses essential oils to improve the health of body, mind and spirit”. Essential oils are natural oils using plant extract. They are made by steaming or pressing different parts of a plant, which then captures the compound which produces the fragrance. These oils can be absorbed in many different ways, such as adding to a diffuser or through a massage. However, they are not meant to be ingested, as it could cause dangerous side effects.
The benefits of aromatherapy can be widespread, such as helping reduce stress and anxiety, relieving headaches, and improving the quality of sleep. Which essential oil (or blend of oils) you use would depend on what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. Some of the most popular oils include:
Lavender: Many find this scent relaxing and it is often used to help reduce stress or improve sleep. Other oils to help with stress and anxiety are chamomile and rose.
Peppermint: This oil can help aid with digestion, as well as help relieve headaches and tension.
When choosing the best oils, it’s important to think of purity of the oil, along with the quality. In addition, the effects of different oils can vary by individual and what may work for one person may not work for another. Some oils are also not good for pets, so before purchasing and diffusing, it’s important to do your research.
Finally, while these oils can be beneficial when used supplementary, they should not be used as a replacement treatment for anxiety, depression or any other mental health disorder. If you do decide you want to look into aromatherapy to help with anxiety, for example, it’s crucial to discuss with your doctor beforehand. So, try out different oils, see what works for you, but do so safely (and enjoy)!