We’ve all heard that meditation is good for your mind, body, and spirit. It helps us relax and find inner peace and happiness in the world around us.
Meditation is a fantastic way to start off your day with positivity, and personal time. In fact, it’s proven that meditating for 15 minutes a day gives you the same feelings of relaxation as being on vacation. I talk a bit about meditation benefits in my morning routine blog post found here.
But none of that matters if you don’t set yourself up for a successful meditation. You won’t find that peace or happiness if you can’t get yourself to meditate. You also won’t reap the benefits if your heart isn’t in the practice.
I am going to give you 5 tips to allow you to get the most out of your meditation session.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional. All of these tips are from my personal experience and should not be taken as professional advice. Sever anxiety and depression should be treated by a doctor.
Lay Down While You Meditate
This has made a huge difference for me. I used to sit up straight, legs crossed, arms on thighs to meditate. I was uncomfortable and I couldn’t focus on the practice. Then one day I decided to meditate laying down, and it made all the difference.
If you hate sitting up straight to meditate, try laying down, either in bed or maybe on a yoga mat, or just on the floor. You may find it much more comfortable and easier to focus on the words or music.
The only exception for this is some practices ask you to sit up usually for one of two reasons 1) They are breathing exercises that may not work right if you’re laying down 2) It’s an incredibly relaxing practice that may put you to sleep.
However, if you are comfortable sitting for meditation, then by all means keep doing that!
Be Willing to Explore
There are so many forms of meditation out there. It will be beneficial to you to try all of them and see which ones fit you best. I personally enjoy guided mediation and music. I practice those two the most. Here are some practices:
Someone walking you through the practice. Asking you to visualize, telling you when or how to breathe, or helping you envision your day.
Peaceful music intended to help you relax; no talking
Focused on breathing techniques to help you relax and feel free. (Some may not be suitable for women who are pregnant or individuals with heart conditions).
Repetition of phrases, sometime affirmations to promote a certain way of thinking.
Some meditation slips into the world of yoga.
Don’t Over Do It
Be sure to meditate for the amount of time that fits your lifestyle. Waking up too early could cause you to feel stressed or sleep deprived. Give yourself a realistic time frame.
Forcing yourself to meditate for too long could cause you to be bored or lose focus. Don’t push yourself to do it for longer than you want. This should be a peaceful time.
I can’t recommend this app enough. This isn’t sponsored I just genuinely love this app, haha. It’s a meditation app with thousands of practices in all the categories I mentioned above.
They have time ranges from one minute up to over an hour. There is a perfect practice for everyone with so many options.
It also keeps track of how many days in a row you’ve meditated, which I find very motivating.
And the best part? It’s free! There is a paid subscription option, but you can still get thousands of meditation practices for free! I use the free version and I love it!
Remember Why You’re Doing It
Always remember that meditation is supposed to bring you peace and happiness. Never force yourself to do it because you feel like you’re supposed to.
It’s always okay to skip a day if you don’t have time or are not in the mood. Meditation should not be a chore.
But also remember that if you are short on time or motivation, there are one minute meditation options for a quick pick-me-up.
No matter what, your mediation should be bringing happiness into your life.
I hope tomorrow morning you wake up and try a meditation practice using my tips. And I hope it’s the start of a happy and healing journey for you.
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