Camila Cabello Wants You to Take 5 Minutes Out of Your Day to "Just Breathe"
The relationship between Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes is still a mystery. The "Havana" singer's feelings about social media, however, are crystal clear. She's already been open about removing social media from her phone for her mental health. But over the weekend, she shared how she's been using her free time now that she's not on her phone as much.
"I super recommend taking five minutes of your day to just breathe. I've been doing this lately and it's helped me so much," she wrote on Instagram, adding that she's been meditating over the last few months, too.
While Cabello admits she "didn't understand" meditation at first, she's realizing just how impactful it's been on her mindset and quality of life with consistent practice. And now, she wants her fans to try it, too: "I am totally aware that I can use this platform to help people even in small ways!" (Related: The Body Scan Meditation Julianne Hough Does Multiple Times a Day)
Before getting into meditation, Cabello felt "trapped" by overthinking, she explained. "Lately just going back to my breath and focusing on it puts me back in my body and back in the present and helps me so much," she shared.
ICYDK, the ability to ground yourself in the present moment is one of the most powerful benefits of meditation. When you meditate, "you feel a little more present with yourself all day," Lorin Roche, Ph.D. author of Meditation Made Easy, told us in a previous interview. "Most of the time we're in the past or the future," added Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D, director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and author of Heal Thy Self. "Yet the present is where pleasure and intimacy occur."
There's science to back this up, also: A consistent meditation practice can help you become more mindful, which can in turn help to lower your cortisol (aka stress) levels, according to research from the Shamantha Project at the University of California, Davis. Researchers measured participants' mindfulness before and after a three-month meditation retreat and found that those who returned with an improved ability to focus on the present also had lower cortisol levels. (Here's how to use sleep meditation to fight insomnia.)
But the key to reaping the benefits of meditation is consistency, as Cabello pointed out in her post. "The more you practice mindfulness, the more present you are in all the moments of life," Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of Growing Mindful: Mindfulness Practices for All Ages, recently told us.
Not sure where to start? The "Señorita" singer has you covered: "Take five minutes out of your day today to just inhale for 5 seconds through your nose, and exhale for 5 seconds through your mouth," she suggested. Focus on your breath and how it feels moving in and out of your body, she explained. "Do it three times a day and whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed."
If you're still struggling with the practice, check out some of the best meditation apps for beginners to help you get into your ~zen~ zone.