The best place for relaxation and meditation

Meditation has long been considered a useful tool for health, helping to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, making it easier to sleep, decreasing blood pressure, and improving decision-making skills.

Meditating regularly for 10 to 20 minutes a day has been proven to improve countless areas of our mental health, but many people find it a struggle to find enough time or space to do it as often as they should.

But while our frenetic world can make it feel impossible to find somewhere quiet to sit, there are a few ways that you can help yourself foster this new daily habit and reap its promised rewards.

There’s no need to go far; even your bedroom can be good enough, with the internet a rich resource. There are many websites offering guided meditation exercises – where you sit somewhere and let the recording explain how to breathe or what to focus on – and downloads or podcasts available for people on the go.

You can pay for longer, higher-quality tracks or download recordings and videos for free. They often come alongside other exercises to promote calmness and wellbeing, and you can often do them whenever you can – on the train home, in a park, or even a café.

It’s probably better to find a quiet space, however, such as your bedroom in the early morning before everyone else is awake or an empty meeting room at work. This will allow you the space to focus on the exercise and get the most out of it.

However, it’s not all about bedrooms and meeting rooms – there are many more glamorous places to practice, with many holiday retreats setting up to cater for this precise need.

The classic landscape might be the clear island setting of Indonesia. With its many destinations surrounded by turquoise waters accessible only by boat, the actual meditation itself might take place on a hammock, beach, or even on the small wooden boats themselves. Another popular destination is Cambodia, where relatively inexpensive retreats can be found deep within local communities, allowing the visitor to practice meditation within a luxurious yet rustic environment.

Europe isn’t completely without its meditative charms; Spain offers many beautiful retreats, making the most of its sunny weather and long daylight hours, while the country houses of Britain offer ample chance to get away from it all.

Getting away from it all is definitely the aim – and depending on your budget, other, even more extravagant options exist. Lord Laidlaw’s yacht – and other super yachts like it – is one of them.

A stunning, 68-metre vessel from boat builders Feadship, it was bought by Laidlaw and his wife Lady Christine after he sold his business. With its sleek, serene, and impeccable design, it offers light and luxury in spades, making it one of the most serene places on which one might meditate – something that Laidlaw himself knows well from his days relaxing out to sea.

Ultimately, meditation can offer health advantages like little else, and whether at home or much further afield, on a shoestring or a great budget, there are many places that lend themselves to a little mental retreat.

About The Author


I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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