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How to start meditating for better mental health

27 March 2017 Blog
Mental health
Meditation can help you feel better, reduce your stress and help you enjoy your life a little bit more which all leads to better mental health.

Mental health nurse Cindy Foot says meditation is simple, easy to do and most importantly, can be done almost anywhere.

“People from many different cultures have been practicing meditation for thousands of years to calm the mind and it continues to be used to improve mental health and overall wellbeing,” she says.

Cindy says meditation and mindfulness can work hand in hand.

“Mindfulness is understanding how to stay in the moment and keep our emotions controlled, while meditation supports us to remain mindful and keep calm when we come under pressure,”she says.

Five insights into meditation 

Cindy's top five insights into meditation:

1. What is meditation?

When you meditate you turn your mind inward and focus on a single thought, image or feeling.

2. What are the benefits?

Meditation can help you to let go of worries about the future and other negative thoughts, leaving you feeling relaxed, focused and with a sense of inner peace.

3. How do I meditate?

In a comfortable position (sitting, standing or lying down), you can begin your meditation by focusing on:

  • your breathing
  • a mantra
  • an object
  • a visualisation such as an image that brings you pleasure
  • an affirmation such as, “my body is relaxed and calm” or “I am free from stress".

4. Where can I meditate?

You can meditate anywhere, at anytime. Quiet and peaceful surroundings can make the experience more enjoyable and relaxing.

5. How often should I meditate?

Try meditating every day or as often as you can.

“Persevere and you may find it’s the most relaxing thing you’ve ever done," Cindy says.

Cindy Foot - Director of Nursing
Cindy has been the Director of Nursing at St John of God Burwood Hospital since 2014. Cindy has strong involvement in the improvement of our services including revision of nursing care practice and the introduction of the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) service.