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7 Tips to Ease Into Meditation

Meditation & Gut Health

Years ago when I was at university I was in awe of a friend who managed to get a Masters degree with honours whilst working full-time in a high responsibility job. Her secret?  She always meditated before studying to switch her mind off work and recharge her batteries. Meditation has many health benefits – improved focus, sleep, heart rate, energy among many others.  Many also find it essential to help reduce the impact of stress, anxiety and even panic attacks. Personally, I have seen hundreds of my clients (and myself) make tremendous progress in improving their health, by harnessing the power of their minds. Through meditation. With all that being said, many people find it challenging to stop their mind’s chatter or find the time to stop and sit still for even a few minutes a day.  

So here are some easy-to-apply tips to get you started on meditation:

  • Guided meditation: Start by listening to guided meditations on youtube or downloading meditation apps on your devices (clear favourites seem to be ‘Calm’ and ‘Headspace’.) Find a voice that you like and use headphones.
  • Start small: The thought of 20-30 minutes daily meditation might feel too daunting in the beginning, so start at 5 or 7 minutes then slowly increase when you’re ready.
  • Sit or lie down: There isn’t a ‘right’ way to do it. Whatever feels comfortable for you.
  • Make it consistent. Try and stick to your daily goal – even if only for a few minutes at a time.
  • Meditate in action: You can be in a daydream state or be in the present– even for a couple of minutes – when doing the washing up or listening to music on the train.
  • Be kind to yourself. Don’t get annoyed if thoughts of the past and future keep coming up.  They will.  Notice them and let them pass along like clouds in the sky.
  • Wandering thoughts: Your mind will probably wander to the past (I didn’t take the dog out today for his walk) or future (I’m going to take Rex out for a walk after this).  Gently tell your mind to come back to you right now, in the present moment.  This ‘bringing your mind back to the now’ will in fact increase the power of your meditation, so don’t fight it, just gently bring yourself back into the now.
  • Notice: After meditating, write down the thoughts that came up or how you felt during and after. This will make the benefits more obvious to you.
Above all, enjoy re-connecting with yourself, your inner voice, breathing deeply throughout the meditation.  Get some of my favourite short and longer meditations of the moment by clicking here.

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Brighton (UK)-based and international Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach

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Nathalie Sansonetti

BA, MA, DNn, Dip AIT, HCI Certified Coach

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  • Nutritional Therapist (10+ years)
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  • Emotional Freedom Therapy/Matrix Re-imprinting Practitioner 
  • Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, Member
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The information on this course is not intended to replace medication or advice from your general practitioner (GP), medical doctor or specialist and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information based on the research and experience of Nathalie Sansonetti and her work as a Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach. N.Sansonetti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.