Picture this: you’ve had a busy day growing your career, catching up with loved ones, and trying to make the world a better place. With all you’ve packed into your waking hours, one would think that since you’re in for the night, relaxation and sleep would come naturally.
But as you retreat to your bedroom, a parade of thoughts comes marching through your head. What have you forgotten to do? Did you say the wrong thing during your work presentation? Is your friend really okay with her relationship? Will your family feel neglected if you start scheduling more time for self-care?
It’s easy in our hyperactive society for cultural stress to cloud our minds, preventing us from getting the shut-eye we so desperately need. If this sounds familiar, you’re far from alone. Fortunately, you can be kind to your mind while preparing for the day ahead by taking a moment to pause through the art of meditation.
Here are undeniable some benefits of meditating before bed:
Silence sheds stress.
Various studies show that meditation empowers human beings to take control of their emotions and the reactions of their nervous system when under stress. A mere 15-30 minutes of meditation can help your mind and body detox, and thus create a better foundation for a good night’s rest. Find a quiet and dimly lit location where you can devote this time to ending your day on a stress-free high note.
Reflection amplifies self-awareness.
You know who you are, and you embrace it. For that, we adore you. But sometimes life can swoop in and make you question all that makes you fabulous. Meditation is an excellent counteraction to this. Cue up relaxing music to pair with an overnight detoxifying moisturizer before bed. Focusing on self-awareness while your mind and skin neutralizes the days’ pollutants will reacquaint you with your beautiful self.
Taking a moment of Zen encourages happiness.
Meditation research pioneer Dr. Herbert Benson from Harvard Medical School, determined in the 1960’s that meditation was beneficial for eliminating obsessive thinking, anxiety, depression and hostility, hence increasing overall happiness. What’s not to like about going to bed happy? We recommend finding a good meditation app (like Buddify) where you can select specific meditations tailored for bedtime.
A relaxed mind leads to a relaxed body.
When you are carrying the weight of a career, your self-love, family, friends and more on your shoulders, your body can get very tense. Finding time to meditate before resting your hardworking limbs for the night, can significantly release tension throughout your entire body. If you aren’t ready to commit to an app yet, websites like YouTube have plenty of guided meditations that you can try out. Just don’t forget that while your body is recharging, your skin will be super-charged by the antioxidants from Marrubium Plant Stem Cells in our City Skin® Overnight Detox Moisturizer.