Have you ever tried to relax but find you can't switch off your thoughts? This can really inhibit your ability to de-stress after a hectic day.

One method to help this problem is MEDITATION, this allows you to focus on a single objects (mental/physical depending on type of meditation). By focusing on that object you disallow any other thoughts to enter your mind, thereby allowing you to rest.

Here's a quick crash course for beginners:

1. Find a quiet spot - no distractions
2. Sit in a comfortable position that you will be able to maintain for at least 10 minutes
3. Get comfortable - no shoes/tight clothing
4. Your senses should be able to rest i.e. no loud noises/strong smells/visuals
5. Close your eyes
6. Breathe normally and naturally - observe the breath (for 10 breaths)
7. Observe the pause between inhalation and exhalation (for 10 breaths)
8. Imagine your breathing - imagine breathing in from the bottom of yor feet and out through the top of your head - then reverse for breathing out (for 10 breaths)
9. Slowly bring your breathing back to normal
10. Open your eyes - end

Your first session should last no longer than 10 minutes. Subsequent sessions can be lengthened as long as you still feel comfortable and relaxed.

For more ideas visit this blog:
'meditationiseasy' blog
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