AllEat Special: World Meditation Day

As a culture, we Brits don’t really encompass the practice of meditation in our day-to-day lives.
For many, it’s still a novelty, something that we’re slowly giving more importance to as we have increasing external factors affecting us differently everyday.

It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life particularly in a busy city such as London, that we sometimes need a reminder to take care of ourselves, and this post talks about the importance of incorporating meditation in our day-to-day lives, and with it, the benefits it brings to us:

1. Helps to reduce stress
Stress is very common amongst people, but it creeps up on us in ways that we’re not aware. Next thing you know, you’re feeling unsettled for no particular reason. Common knowledge suggests our understanding of how prolonged stress can have a negative effect on a person over the long-term can be harmful, but changes in our diet can help break this with foods such as vegetables (consumed in a persistent manner), yogurt, salmon (or any fatty fish) and pistachios (genuine excuse for a Turkish Baklava now, right?)

2. Controls Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be interchangeably used, as the symptoms of each of these overlap with each other. A good incorporation of fatty fish and foods that contain a high level of Vitamin D (i.e. eggs) are great options for coping with anxiety better.

3. Lengthens attention span
Meditation is an excellent outlet for improving our concentration and mental focus – it acts as a mental exercise of your attention, as meditation trains your brain to keep focused for longer periods of time. In as little as four days, you can start seeing a slight change going into effect.

4. Improves sleep
Our mental health is just as important as our physical one, if not more, as our brain impacts every single aspect of our lives from how we interact with others and ourselves, to our outlook on life. If our brain is too active by the time we’re in bed, it will take a longer time for you to sleep. Therefore, meditation is a good way to calm your mind and to tell your body to relax, making it far easier to fall asleep.

5. Promotes Emotional Health
Finally, sustained and habitual meditation helps to cultivate a healthy outlook on life, which helps to make us feel better. Moreover, the practice and incorporation of meditation is an excellent way of promoting positivity, empathy, compassionate behaviour towards others but most importantly, towards ourselves (yep, we need it the most).

Whatever you reasons for incorporating the practice of meditation in your life may be, one thing is for certain – it brings countless positive effects to us in various ways. My outlook on meditation is this: I see it as a ‘pause’ in your day from everything that’s going on around you, be it work, family, friends, partners, or just external factors that are out of our control; It’s refreshing to have that ‘pause button’ once in a while, as it enables us to reflect on whatever’s going on at that moment and it keeps you calm focused, eliminating the daily stress which we regularly are burdened with.

Healthy nutrition and meditation complement each other very well, and at AllEat, we have countless options for healthier foods with both vegan and vegetarian choices available for you at any time, at the best price.

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