Over the years meditation has become more popular in the western world with many more adopting the practice. While scientists argue that meditating can help improve our mood and reduce stress and anxiety, it can be a difficult habit to adopt. For many of us new to meditation it can be difficult to get the hang of it, but with these great tips, your meditations can be even more of a success.
Start with 2-minute meditations
It is unrealistic to think that you will be a meditation guru on your first try at meditating. So its therefore not necessary to set yourself unreachable goals. As with most things in life, successful meditation takes practice so in the beginning try to aim for 2-minute meditations. Starting with 2 minutes of meditation every day is achievable and will help you establish a routine. After a while, you will notice that you can meditate for longer periods and you can then extend the sessions slightly to suit what you are comfortable with.
Instead of obsessing about the exact details of how and where you should be meditating, simply find a comfortable spot and position and sit for two minutes.
The key is that you are comfortable so that your mind does not focus on any discomfort, but not too comfortable that you fall asleep.
It’s best in the morning
When trying to figure out a meditation routine, its best to meditate at the start of your day when you are well-rested and your mind is fresh. It’s also beneficial in the mornings because you start your day less stressed and with less anxiety. This will ultimately make your day easier and it’s a great way to start the day.
Focus on your breathing
A lot of beginners are unsure how best to clear their minds and one of the best tricks is to focus on your breathing. Simply imagine that with every inhalation you are breathing in cool, clean air, and every time you exhale you are releasing all the stress and anxiety about your day.
Imagine the energy flowing out of you as you exhale and if possible breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. If your mind wanders at any point simply bring your concentration back to your breathing. Don’t be too hard on yourself, everyone’s mind will drift as they meditate, just be sure to refocus when you notice your thoughts wandering.