Meditation is hands down the best tool to relax your body and mind.
When most of us hear the term meditation, the image of a Dalai Lama type character perched on top of a mountain singing “om” is probably more likely to appear than a Limerick comedian. who is best known for her impersonation of a crazy old lady on TodayFM.
But, while Dermot Whelan may not be the spiritual guide most of us envision, the broadcaster and author has certainly earned his right to preach on the subject.
“I started meditating over 12 years ago and became a teacher three years ago,” says Dermot.
“It is by far the best tool for relaxing your body and mind.”
The comedian, who once arrived at a concert in an ambulance after suffering a panic attack, says he’s pondering “where and when” he can these days.
“Even a few seconds of a simple technique can have a huge impact on your sense of calm. ”
Dermot Whelan’s book www.irishbookawards.ie vote. His first book for young readers, Noni and the is also out now.was shortlisted for this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. You can visit
I am in pretty good shape. I just bought some jeans with a 31 inch waistline which was my waistline when I was 21 so this is promising. I recently started a fitness program called Fit By Fifteen. He’s run by a great trainer from Toned Fit Gym in Dublin where he uploads videos every day for 60 days. Each video is only 15 minutes of intense resistance training. I truly appreciate it. Even though my leg muscles were so sore the other day, I couldn’t get up from the toilet.
I’m pretty good at avoiding really sweet things. I am trying to eat salads and vegetables and have started to cut back on the amount of meat I eat.
Cinema jellies. I can never understand the power of cinema to make you eat things that you wouldn’t dream of eating normally. I love the pick’n’mix. The secret is to mix regular and non-sparkling jellies, then shake the bag well. This coats all the jellies with a thin layer of bubbly. Like I said, I’m a bit obsessed with them.
Alcohol. It disturbs my sleep. Anything more than two drinks will keep me awake and I will have a restless night. I recently invested in a fitness tracker that tracks recovery. Even after a small amount of alcohol, I can see it has a huge impact on my body’s ability to catch up and recover. We often feel like we need alcohol more when we are stressed or exhausted. But in reality, we need the opposite. Good sleep and something a little more nourishing. I drink gallons of rooibos tea.
Ronan O’Gara, Paul O’Connell, Conor Murray, Peter Stringer, CJ Stander, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, F1 drivers Daniel Ricardo and Max Verstappen, the Limerick hurling team, the list goes on.
Truly wild fresh sea air, with just a hint of a bag of crisps somewhere in the distance – heaven.
Probably very recently when I was meditating. It’s a great way to get over any emotional turmoil that you might not even know is there. Sometimes during meditation all kinds of emotions can arise. You don’t even necessarily know where they’re coming from. It’s a bit like dipping your toe into the river flowing through your consciousness at this precise moment. Different times, different currents. It’s great to find a way to just release all the emotional bullshit that we pick up throughout the day or week. Half is not even ours.
People chew with their mouths open.
Not in the traditional sense. But I’m a fan of a guy called Matt Kahn who shares wise stuff. He suggests blessing the people you see on the street for no reason. It sounds mental, I know, but if you silently bless strangers you see and wish amazing things for them, it can have a profound effect on how you feel. It’s impossible to be pissed off and pray for big things for random strangers at the same time.
Homer Simpson as marriage counselor: “For the untrained eye, I eat an orange, but for the brainy eye, I take stock of marriage. For you see, the wedding looks a lot like an orange. First you have the skin, then the soft and smooth innards. “Golden.
Crushed on the couch with my wife and three kids – Owen, Matthew and Rose – watching a movie and eating potato chips. And possibly sparkling jellies.