How to self-care with these meditation alternatives

 

By prioritizing relaxing activities you naturally gravitate to you can much easily incorporate meditation into your self-care routine versus it being a burdensome afterthought. 

Meditation is so trendy these days. A testament to our fascination with age-old Eastern concepts. Proof of our willingness to embrace what we previously shunned, meditation is now one of the most popular self-care activities in the Western world. 

I tried (hard) to hop on the bandwagon given the range of mental and physical health benefits attributed to it. But after a quarter long class, a weekend long silence retreat, and a daily regimen trying out three different iPhone apps, I was deeply discouraged by my progress. 

Thing is, I'm a thinker and an analyzer. I live in my head and silence invites introspection. With meditation we're supposed to let those thoughts come and go, but I can't and I don't want to. Ruminating on life is one of my favorite pastimes. 

Nevertheless, it is true that sometime your mind needs a break. So, I decided to evaluate areas where I am more naturally inclined to relax, unwind, and think about nothing.

Once I came up with my list, I simply started to spend more time doing these things. And suddenly meditation was organically integrated into my self-care routine versus being a burdensome afterthought.

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Here are 10 meditation alternatives that could provide you with an easier way to relax, recharge, and find peace: 

  1. Read a book
  2. Go on a walk 
  3. Bask in the sun 
  4. Tidy your space 
  5. Listen to music 
  6. Take a train ride 
  7. Stroll along the beach
  8. Sip a cup of tea 
  9. Play with your pet 
  10. Sit still for a while

These everyday activities may not lead to the same profound impact that many meditation enthusiasts tout, but they'll get you one step closer to contentment. 

The Self-Care Challenge is a minimalist but robust health and wellness program designed with busy individuals in mind. The program focuses on making small lifestyle changes that yield significant improvements in your sense of well-being. 

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