Can meditation help you get through the lockdown?

PUBLISHED: 10:43 26 March 2020 | UPDATED: 07:47 02 April 2020

nyul/Getty Images/iStockphoto

nyul/Getty Images/iStockphoto


It’s not all about crossing your legs and humming, you can meditate anywhere and at anytime – even when putting the kettle on.

Meditation can be the key to opening the gates to new potential; it helps with reducing stress, controlling anxiety, enhances self-awareness and lengthens attention spans. Meditation makes waking up for work easier and it increases your serotonin levels – automatically setting you up for a successful day. It’s the art of connecting with yourself over and over again, processing your thoughts and increasing emotional intelligence along the way – but what actually is meditating?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, meditation by definition is ‘the practice of sitting and thinking deeply in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm’. Most first-time meditators will find it strange to sit in silence with their innermost thoughts and feelings.

The most known process of meditating is straightforward and easy: simply stay still and practice. All you have to do is stay focused on your breathing, focus on one thing at a time and let your mind do its thing. This is the one skill where you don’t have to strive to accomplish something – just a place of soundlessness where no effort is required.

While you are stuck indoors, sitting still and focusing can be extremely hard. With our busy workloads and connections through technology, we tend to forget that we need to take a moment and recuperate. You can meditate anywhere and everywhere – all you need is a phone, headphones and determination. Founder of Project Awesome Life and mindfulness coach, Emma Dredge, says: ‘Meditating doesn’t have to be a chore because it will become another thing on the to-do list. Also, there are many phone apps that make meditation accessible and fun!’

Project Awesome Life, or PAL for short, is a mindfulness class for corporate environments and it came to flourish after its founder started using mindfulness as a way to battle depression. Emma wasn’t looking for enlightenment and struggled to sit still for 10 minutes. ‘I realised that if I focus on one thing at a time then my inner saboteur won’t get the best of me,’ she laughs. ‘It will be boring the first time, but keep at it! Five minutes of stillness every day are very doable. Instead of scrolling through Instagram just look out the window and breathe.

‘My students always go on about how busy they are,’ Emma continues, ‘but you can meditate in the office by boiling a kettle. Just switch it on and as the steam is rising, think about anything that’s worrying you and imagine it evaporating with the water. That’s pretty much the point of meditation – finding calmness in the simplest of things.’

The most viewed meditation YouTubers

Soothing Relaxation - 53,921,238 monthly views

Yellow Brick Cinema - 28,836,410 monthly views

Meditative Mind - 22,160,849 monthly views

Nu Meditation Music - 11,711,024 monthly views

Meditation Relax Music - 8,414,703 monthly views

Jason Stephenson - 7,906,227 monthly views

Powerthoughts Meditation Club - 5,334,481 monthly views

Meditation and Healing - 4,920,692 monthly views

Michael Sealey - 4,465,913 monthly views

The Honest Guys - 3,201,293 monthly views



Stay home. Stay safe. Read your favourite magazine, for £5!

With your choice of print, digital, or both! Subscribe by Direct Debit or make a one off payment of 3 issues for only £5!

Keep your mind busy with a magazine, your way

More from Kent Life

6 minutes ago

Gardens across the county and beyond are offering virtual garden visits. So take a step into some of Kent’s most enchanting gardens from cottages to country estates with these virtual tours

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08

The Good Hotel Guide have helped us get a little location inspiration with five of the top boutique hotels for weddings in Kent

Read more
Mon, 16:36

Thinking of moving to or within Kent? Every month we pick three stunning houses for sale that we’re sure you’ll love

Read more

Here are 12 places that may have flown under your radar before but are well worth seeking out

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Five of the best spots in Kent for a late-summer stroll by coast, canal and river

Read more
Thursday, May 28, 2020

We spoke to Rachel Sanders, owner of BoConcept in Canterbury, for her tips about this year’s interior design trends and how lockdown could impact what our homes look and feel like in future.

Read more

If you’re planning a wedding in Kent, check out these wedding venues which will be perfect for 2021

Read more

Kent Life’s 2019 Pub of the Year, the Three Mariners, is living up to its top award by helping its community during these difficult times

Read more
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The farmers’ market has scooped a prestigious award again

Read more

This Thamesside town has some real surprises in store – including a huge Sikh temple and the resting place of a certain Native American princess

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life