2020 was the year where the whole world learnt to slow down. Mindfulness, kitchen experiments and Zoom happy hours replaced overscheduled weekdays and must-go parties as everyone tried to find the silver lining in the midst of chaos. According to a study done last year, meditation saw a 2,900 percent global increase, especially in countries such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
And it’s no wonder why—the benefits of meditation have been proven over and over throughout the years: from helping us increase self-awareness, to reducing negative emotions and promoting creativity in our daily lives, this simple yet magical wellness practice positively impacts both the mental and physical health of our body.
With the uncertain times looming ahead of us in 2021, it seems like all of us can benefit from regular meditation practice right now. If you find it hard to incorporate meditation into your daily life, try dedicating a specific part of your home solely for your self-care and meditation practice. Much like the importance of work life balance during remote working, a dedicated meditation space could be the push you need to practice meditation more regularly. From meditation cushions, to aromatherapy eye pillows, we list out the best meditation essentials for you to deck out your meditation space.
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If apps such as Headspace and Insight Timer don't cut it for you, try meditation trainers such as Core and Muse.
Core is a meditation trainer that vibrates along your meditation sessions, guiding you through your breath and acting as a gentle reminder to keep you focused. The trainer not only provides guided meditation sessions and classes on sleep, stress and better relating, it also tracks your stress level through its ECG sensor—a sensor attached to the skin that checks your heart’s rhythm.
If you’re looking for something even more hands-on, the Muse 2 is a multi-sensor device that you can wear around your head. Tracking your brainwave, heart rate, breathing and body movements in real time, it provides feedback to keep you motivated during your practice.