Meditation was a joke for me until I tried it.

Taken by me: Derek Palmer

I grew up in a household where you didn’t talk about your feelings or the things that were bothering you. If you had a problem you didn’t talk about it, you merely held it in and went about your day. I’m sure you can guess how well that went.

I’ve been using this way to cope with most things that I deemed as stressful for my entire life. I’d attempt to lock away these thoughts deep inside my brain or try to distract myself, so I didn’t have time to think about what was bothering me.

You can only do that for so long until it starts to wear you down; this is where meditation came in. I had been stressed for a few weeks and couldn’t shake it; it was affecting everything. I had always read articles about mindfulness and, more specifically, meditation. I thought it to be hokey and plain silly — how could deep breathing and “emptying your head” make you feel better? However, I was at the point where I was willing to try anything to destress.

I started reading more about meditation for beginners and landed on the calm.com meditation site. So I decided to try it. Calm is excellent at giving you a wide variety of meditation practices for all skill levels, as well as different meditation topics like stress, anxiety, and personal growth, to name a few. I started with their beginner course, “7 Days of Calm,” and once I finished that, I began to notice a difference in my day-to-day overall mood and stress levels.

They even have a feature in the app called “Sleep Stories,” where if I’m having trouble falling asleep if I put one of the stories on, I’m out in a matter of minutes. They have narrators ranging from Stephen Fry to Bob Ross or Matthew Mcconaughey.

As of writing this in the last year, I’ve had 216 mindful days, with a total of 287 sessions, and 115 hrs of mindfulness minutes.

Now, I tend to use the Calm app every day or every other day; sometimes, it’s for meditation; other times, it’s to help me fall asleep.

Because I love the Calm app so much, I have a special link you can use to get 30 days of unlimited premium access to Calm. It’s good for only five redemptions, so if you’re even slightly interested, I suggest you sign up via the link below and give it a shot!

https://www.calm.com/gp/4y1nwf

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