I know I am not the only one who has sat down to meditate, quiet my mind, or simply take a minute to sit-and find myself going through my to-do list in my head, soon enough finding myself writing a paper for a class, doing laundry, working on Student Org stuff etc. I figured it would be super easy to find tips and tricks online to encourage a quiet mind-BOY WAS I WRONG.
The usual Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Buzzfeed etc. only left me questioning if silence was even what I wanted-Psychology Today stated that silence encouraged disparity and depression! If that is true, then why do so many people find meditation so helpful??
What happens to our brain when we are silent?
An amazing blog, Nautilus, stated: “In a loud world, silence sells.” They go on on to explain the reasoning behind WHY NOISE IS BAD FOR US! Leading to high blood pressure, loss of sleep, disease and more. (They go into the nitty gritty science details-but I won’t bore you with those).
Something I found personally interesting, is that practicing silence daily can increase cell development in the hippocampus-the part of the brain that has recently been linked to the development of eating disorders.
So I had established that Yes, silence is something that is good. Quieting my brain for a moment in the day will help to increase my productivity, brain function, lower my stress level etc.
How long do I have to sit there and pretend to be meditating when I am actually running through my To-Do list?
Well…good news. After reading a bunch of yogi websites, looks like you really only need about 5 minutes a day! Some sites were saying you only needed as little as 30 seconds, while others were saying around 2 minutes. So, I will go with a middle ground and aim for about 2 1/2 minutes.
What Worked: http://www.calm.com
After trying the usual stuff like incense, essential oils, guided meditations on YouTube (which I did find a couple I thought were pretty good), and searching some other websites, here is what I would suggest for any of you out there looking to turn your brain off for a little bit-without having to go to drastic measures.
- select the length of time from 2 minutes to 20 minutes
- choose a guided meditation or just to have a timer to go off when the time is up
- select your nature scene
- -You can even use headphones, so its easy to do in the library or at work