Meditation isn’t just for self-help followers anymore – it has gone mainstream. People have widely accepted that meditation is a powerful tool and can help you no matter what your pursuit is. If you are having trouble getting into the habit, or you want to perfect your technique, then follow these nine tips:
1. Start Early
While you can meditate at any time of the day, there are a few reasons the morning might be the best. First off, when you meditate early, it ensures you don’t skip it later because your day got busy. Secondly, it is an excellent way to motivate yourself for the day ahead.
2. Start Small
So many people start to meditate and then give up. They get frustrated, find it too hard, or miss too many days. Start small! You don’t have to become a zen master overnight. Meditate when you can, for as long as you can and whenever you can. Eventually, it will become a habit.
3. Make it a Routine
If you are still struggling with meditation, make it into a routine. If you practice meditation at the same time each day, it will be easier to ingrain as a habit. Try tying it into existing routines as well.
4. Find the Technique That Works for You
There are several different meditation techniques available. The key to making it a regular habit is to find the one (or more) that you vibe with the most. This step will make it much easier to stick with meditation.
5. Keep It Simple
Don’t get caught up in “wrong and right” when you are meditating. Keep things simple. Even closing your eyes and focusing on your breath for a few moments is better than nothing.
6. Try a Guided Meditation
Some people need a little more structure if they want to make something a habit. Fair enough! If you are one of these people, you may find a guided meditation easier to follow. You can find many free, guided meditations on YouTube.
7. Create the Right Atmosphere
Once you start making meditation a habit, you can fine-tune things by creating the right atmosphere. Having a clean, organized, and comfortable area to practice meditation will ensure you reap the maximum benefits.
8. Eliminate Distraction
Creating the right atmosphere includes eliminating distractions. Make sure your area is quiet and turn off your phone. If you live with friends or family, let them know how important it is not to disturb you.
9. Embrace Technology
It might seem weird embracing technology when it comes to something as spiritual as meditation, but it makes sense. YouTube and other sites have free guided meditations. Headspace and other apps help make meditation a habit. And something as simple as a phone reminder can help remind you it is time to meditate.
- Take 2-3 minutes today to clear your mind, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. This action might not seem like much, but it is meditation.
- Go to YouTube and try to find a guided meditation that speaks to you. You can narrow your search by focusing on different meditation topics.
- Schedule meditation into your week. Take some time to schedule meditation each day in your planner. Try your best to get five days in a row.