Why You Should Meditate Every Morning

This ancient practice can help you lead a calmer and more organized life.

Why You Should Meditate Every Morning

Whether you’re looking for ways to de-stress and find balance in your life or simply searching for clarity and direction, meditation, or the act of focusing and training the mind, can help you achieve your goals. Meditation can be done individually or practiced with a group and can refer to various practices, including guided (visual) meditation, fire meditation, mantra meditation, and yoga, making its benefits wide-ranging. See how you can potentially benefit from this mental and physical exercise.

Watch: Dr. Oz's Best Tips for Meditation


Establish a Routine

Meditating each morning is a simple way to set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Allot a short, achievable amount of time to your meditation practice — even five minutes can have a profound impact. Dr. Mehran Attari, a cardiologist and professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, recommends scheduling time each morning “to remind yourself that this present moment is the only time and opportunity that you get to make a difference. Carry that thought with you as you start the day.”

More: Makeover Your Morning Routine: How Meditating Can Help

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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