A regular meditation practice can be immensely powerful in reducing stress which leads to a clearer mind, better mood and can also have an effect on your physical health.
Mediation is a practice in which users use a set of techniques to encourage focused attention, awareness, clarity and a sense of happiness. Meditating can be incredibly helpful in calming a busy mind, stress management and to tap into inner thoughts and feelings to help bring about a healthy sense of perspective.
If you’re interested in diving into meditation and making it part of your daily routine, these tips will help set you on the path for an insightful and beneficial meditation practice.
Setting a routine time that you meditate helps you to stick to a routine. Choose a time of day where you can consistently practice is most important.
Start with short sessions (5 to 10 minutes a day). As you become more comfortable with the practice, you can work up to a longer period of time.
Find a position that is comfortable to your body so you can sit for the duration of your practice without getting tired or restless.
Comfy meditation options: - Cross-legged - Sit against a wall for support - Lay down (unless you're sleepy)
Aim for a quiet location with few distractions
Guided meditations are great for beginners! These guided exercises allow you to stop worrying about how to meditate and help guide you through the different types of practices.
When that “monkey mind” creeps in and your mind begins to wander, acknowledge those thoughts without judgment
It can take time to find what meditation method works for you and what can help guide your focus and ground you to your practice.. Breath and body sensations can be great anchors.
Remember this is a practice, not perfection! Be kind to yourself and your new practice.
No one becomes an expert overnight and then the same goes for meditation. Focus on consistency over quantity. 5 minutes daily is more beneficial than 30 minutes once a week.