Here at Bliss, we meet lots of wonderful ladies who endeavour to take care of their bodies through exercise and healthy eating. At Bliss we believe that taking care of the mind is equally as important as taking care of the body. Looking after our mental health, taking time out for ourselves to heal, reflect and be still is paramount to building positivity and confidence. We champion self-care at our sanctuary, and self-care is all about listening to what your mind truly needs to be content.
Meditation is a great first step we can all take to practicing better mindful self-care. It’s all about breathing and clearing the mind to silence the outside noise, allowing you to connect and rebalance with your inner self. The activity of meditation is designed to soothe the soul, gently re-centring you with your dreams, motivations and drives.
Ladies often tell us when they first try it that they find it hard to meditate because they can’t switch off, so we have this list of tips that can help ease you into that meditative state.
1. Find a comfortable quiet place
Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down with your eyes closed where there is little or no noise. When starting out on your journey of meditation, it’s best to try for two-minute sessions, increasing these as you feel more content with the practice.
2. Focus on your breathing pattern
Follow your deep inhale through the nose to the lungs and back out of your mouth –keep your mind on your breathing. If your mind starts to wander lovingly guide it back to concentrating on your breath, exhaling any worries or negativity and replacing it with a peaceful lightness.
3. Focus your mind
Guide your mind to focus on your positivity, growth, and self-compassion during your meditation session. Meditation won’t melt your problems away, but it can help you build a new perspective on how to react to them – and how to treat yourself with kindness when life becomes hectic.
While meditation is designed to take care of the mind, it has multiple benefits for the body too which include lowering blood pressure, improving circulation, reducing blood cortisol levels (stress and anxiety) and lowering high heart rates – a common side effect of stress.
At Bliss we champion meditation as a part of the Bali experience. We don’t want our ladies to ever feel pressurised to follow activity plans, so we allow each of our guests to create their own meditation timetable. All the wonderful women who have engaged in the practice during their time with us have told us that meditation has helped them to begin to build better relationships with themselves, and upon leaving those women have continued the practice– taking a piece of our calm Bali sanctuary home with them.
We have a variety of health retreat packages to choose from at Bliss which focus on the mind, body and soul.
We wanted to share our Bliss experience as far as it can go and so we created Bliss News. Even if you can’t go on a beautiful personalised Women’s Retreat right now, we hope you can take the time to add a bit more bliss to your life in whatever way you choose. Self love comes in all different shapes and sizes but the one thing it has in common is that it starts with you. We hope some of our ideas and laughs and wellness retreat additions are something you can incorporate into your everyday life... love Zoë xxx