Sunday, July 22, 2018

How Meditation & Yoga Improved My Life.


Okay.. it might be a bit of an exaggeration if I'd say meditation and yoga have changed my life. But it definitely improved it a lot. I have never talked about this on here and don't know if I will go into this in depth any time soon, but I have anxiety which leads to panic attacks quite a lot. It has improved over the years and real panic attacks have become rare for me, thankfully. But that doesn't mean that I am not constantly worrying and being tense about every single thing in my and other's peoples life. Of course, this is not healthy for me and also doesn't help the people around me. So I have been looking into a lot of different techniques to help me being calm and living in the present.


Meditating
In the beginning of the year I finally gave myself the challenge of meditating at least 5 minutes every single day. I have to admit I didn't follow through with it completely. There have been some days, especially on the weekends and on holiday, where I skipped it. But I am proud to say that I pulled through with it during the week. Even on days where I feel like I have too much to do and I am not in the right mindset, I will do at least 5 minutes. The longest I have meditated for was 20 minutes up until now. 

I know it looks and sounds easy. Just sit there and don't think about anything. But honestly it is so much harder and it is a real progress. In the beginning, you will feel like giving up a lot. You probably feel like a failure because your mind will wander all the time and suddenly you will find yourself thinking about tasks you have to do or the stupid thing you said yesterday. But this is part of the journey. Just think about your mind like a muscle. You have to train it. You won't be able to do 10 pull-ups the very first time you try it and you probably won't be able to have a blank mind for 10 minutes straight. I am definitely not there yet and I have worked on it the past 6 months. But don't be scared, there are different techniques to help you. Just look for it on youtube and you find loads. 

Here are a few I tried:
1. Count to ten with each breath and then count backward again.
2. Accept your mind wandering and if you become conscious of it just see your thoughts as a cloud which passes over your head and let it go (until the next cloud comes).
3. Concentrate on your physical emotions such as feeling the air filling your lungs when you breathe in. 


I use number 1 on days where it is very hard for me to focus. But trust me, even when you try to concentrate on the numbers your mind will still wander after some time. And again, that is totally normal. I personally feel like number 3 works the best for me.

I can honestly say that it hugely affected my anxiety. I feel so much calmer and I am more capable of calming myself down and staying present in stressful times. So give it a go. 

Yoga
The second thing I implemented in my daily routine is yoga. I started feeling like I wanted to do something more physical which I can connect to my little meditation routine. So I just started doing yoga routines before my meditation. I looked up a few videos, mainly from Yoga With Adriene on youtube and honestly just gave it a go. There were a lot of things I couldn't do or I felt just weren't right for me. Now I sometimes try new routines and sometimes I just 'freestyle' it. I basically evaluate what I feel like doing and repeat some moves I learned in the videos. I also have to say that I am probably not doing yoga 'properly'. I mainly use it as kind of stretching routine. I feel like my muscles are constantly tight from going to the gym and sitting on my desk a lot. So I am always looking for new yoga stretching moves which I also mix in with 'normal' stretching routines. Honestly just listen to your body and you will know what feels right and what you currently need. 

The fun thing with yoga is how quickly you see progress. You feel so much more flexible and suddenly you can do moves that were impossible for you before. That's so rewarding and motivating. 

I really hope this post was a bit helpful and maybe inspired you to look into meditation and yoga/stretching. I honestly can't recommend it enough.. even if you only have 5 minutes to spare each day. 

x Lisa
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  1. Oh I can only agree to this! Yoga and meditation are my favorite ways to start or end the day. It really makes you focus on the important things in life and I like to power my body out with some Asana Yoga or mix it with Pilates. :)
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  2. This sounds brilliant - I'd love to get into yoga especially, I only ever hear good things about it xx

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  3. Great post.
    Thanks for sharing
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  4. Yoga and meditation are so powerful for the body and mind. I do both (not as consistently as I should) and they always leave me with a better, more peaceful mindset Xx

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  5. I really want to try yoga one day. So many of my friends have really got into it claiming that it helps to relax. I just need to fidn some time to actually do it. xx

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  6. I have heard so many positive responses of how mediation and yoga have improved so many people's lives, it makes them happier, more present, and way more productive! Since these are all things I value and try to have as much as possible in my life, it's kind of ironic that I haven't gotten around to really sticking with either of the two! I think in all honesty, it's because it would take time to do these things and I feel like I don't have enough time to do half the things I want to do already! However, I think if I do start doing these two things I will value time even more and get so much more done. I will have to follow your three tips on mediation. For a while I have been using the 5 Minute Journal by Alex Ikonn and Mimi Ikonn! Have you tried it because I would highly recommend it?! Yoga with Adriene is one of my favorite ways to do yoga when I do do it! Okay, that's it, I'm going to go follow one of her videos now. Thank you for that boost of inspiration Lisa and thank you for opening up to us about your anxiety and panic attacks. I hope you are having a lovely Sunday so far. xx

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    1. You are honestly the sweetest! I know you probably heard it already ten million times but you can always make time for these things.. it's just your brain telling you that you can't. Maybe just start with 10 minutes a day.. we all have 10 minutes to spare :)

      x Lisa

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  7. I have recently restarted meditation and I definitely think it does improve my mood for the rest of the day and helps with my feelings of anxiousness!
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  8. I could never stand slow and boring exercise- I could only do HIIT workouts but after I injured my back I couldn't go back to my old routine. All I can do right now is yoga and I have to say I kind of fell in love with it all over again. Meditation also helps me a lot with my anxiety. So happy that both work so nicely for you, too. Such simple tools but can improve our lives so much. xx

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  9. Nice writing. I enjoed reading! Thank you

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  10. Incredible post! I absolutely love the aesthetic of your blog :)

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  11. I believe too that meditation calms the soul which we need amidst our busy lives.

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  12. I was tempting to start yoga, you gave me real motivation now :)

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  13. After trying alot of sports, i realize that yoga is my favourite and i do everyday. Yoga help me think positively

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  14. Whilst I've never properly given meditation a go, yoga is definitely one of my favourite things to do! I've suffered from anxiety in the past and you can only do what works for you - and not be discouraged if what other people say works for them doesn't for you.

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    1. Girl this is on point. I couldn't agree more!

      x Lisa

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  15. It's nice to read the amazing effects about yoga and meditation! I'd like to start some yoga class! Great post! ❤

    xoxo,
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  16. This is such a lovely read! I never really thought meditation or yoga would really work like they say it does but maybe I'll give it a try

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    1. You absolutely should give it a shot Wish! Not everything works for everyone.. but why not trying?

      x Lisa

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  17. Yoga is such an amazing way to calm down, I totally love it! Mediation I've never tried, should give it a go though.

    xx Simone
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    1. I absolutely love to combine these two!

      x Lisa

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  18. I hear both help a lot to clear the mind and start the day off well. I do yoga on and off but I really should get into meditation. Nice post!
    xo Samantha
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  19. I love love this! I've only done a little bit but I really want to start getting into a more structured routine that involves meditation and yoga, so I can get better at it and feel it's effects.

    Nicole
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  20. Thank you for sharing these great tips!
    xo, Jane
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  21. I've never been very interested in yoga and mediating just because I'm not the sort of person who can sit still. But, it was so interesting to hear about you're experience. I Just wish I could enjoy yoga now xx

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    1. Maybe one day you'll try it again and it'll work for you!

      x Lisa

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  22. I've wanted to try yoga for a long time, I've always been curious about it.

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  23. omg this post is just amazing!!
    xx
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  24. I've heard so many positive things about both meditation and yoga and really want to start adding them to my routine so I couldn't have come across this post at a better time! After just reading this I feel a little calmer, it's so strange!
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  25. I've been working with meditation for a while as well. Some times it is, like you wisely said, not easy at all. Personally, I love a specific meditation known as "Root meditation", which I can wither guide myself or pull a video from YouTube with guidance.
    Another good option is to have really soothing music! I love pulling really calming music (for example BTS' piano version, it's so relaxing!) because it will help me clear my mind (it's what I also use for working when I am not able to do so)

    I never tried yoga, but I am super curious about it!
    Thank you for the amazing post!

    Wishing you all the best,
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    1. I will look into that kind of meditation! Thank you lovely!

      x Lisa

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  26. I find meditation so useful, however I am yet to try yoga!
    Nicole xo
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  27. I have never tired it.. I will like to try it.
    Have a lovely cool week.

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  28. I really want to get into yoga! this is such a great post

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  29. I've been thinking about starting yoga for a while and this post is what I needed to push me to do it - so glad to hear it's helped you so much.

    Sending you good vibes!

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  30. I've really been trying to mediate more too! It's such a great way to start the day XO

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  31. Having that strong and deeper connection with your mind and body is such an amazingly empowering feeling indeed. I miss doing yoga.

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  32. i have recently gotten back into yoga and its so good. it calms me down so much and just gets me ready for the day.
    ❤︎

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  33. I always notice a difference when I do meditation and yoga, Im just crap at sticking to it!
    P x
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    1. I think this doesn't matter.. don't force yourself ;) Just pick it up over and over again and maybe one day you'll just stick to it!

      x Lisa

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  34. I love yoga, but I need to get better at meditating regularly, too! It's such a game changer! xx An // Recently on HautePinkPretty.com

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  35. I just started meditating again! It's so hard but I want to keep at it like you because it definitely helps with anxiety. Sending you love <3

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  36. I have found that since I started yoga I am a much more relaxed person, it has done me the world of good!

    Danielle xx
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  37. I completely agree with you about meditation! I don't do yoga, I go to gym, and meditate every day minimum 15 minutes. It can definitely change and improve life.

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  38. I am actually working out but never tried yoga ever.
    This post makes me want to try it soon, great tips babe

    Much Love,
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  39. There is nothing as lovely and calming as yoga and meditation.
    I realise it promptly when I haven't donea workout. Lovely post.

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  40. I've been meaning to try yoga for such a long time now, I could count it in years and for some reason I never really have yet. I have to implement more relaxation into my everyday routine. Thanks for this post, hopefully this time I will try yoga.
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  41. I really loved reading this and can't agree more with you ! I love meditation - I think it's so lovely and relaxing xox


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  42. Amazing post. I always start my morning with meditation. It's important to start the day off on a positive note!
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  43. I've been wanting to try meditating and doing yoga :)
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  44. such a cool post! i recently started with meditatading and i thinks it's soso important to really do it as often as possible :) xx

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Thank you! xx