Meditation, we’re all either doing it, have done it or are thinking about doing it one day. The truth is if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed with the pressures of work, personal life or the ever-changing world we are in then it can be a fantatstic way to help prioritise our mental health and work towards staying calm and energised.
The truth is there is no right or wrong way to do it and i’d like to take the myth away to that it feels a little less daunting and a little more achievable for us all. Here are a couple of ideas that might help you along the way:
1. Start early
Pick a time, a regular slot to stick your meditation into. For me if I pick a time early on in the day it makes it much easier and i’m more likely to actually do it than later on when the whirlwind of the day has fully taken hold.
When you schedule a time to meditate, it can feel easier to establish the habit, although it’s important not to put pressure on yourself if you’re not able to return to it at the exact same time each day.
2. Get comfy
There’s nothing worse than trying to relax and meditate while your leg is slowly going numb, so get comfy! You could even think about creating a designated space where it is comfortable for you to meditate. Forget all the rules you’ve read about – It’s not about where or how to sit; sit in any position that is comfortable and allows you to feel settled.
3. Begin with a few conscious breaths
Starting with a couple of deep, conscious breaths of slow inhales and inhales into the belly is a fast and effective way to drop straight into a relaxed and grounded state.
Meditation is like exercising the mind; begin with a gentle exercise and slowly work up to a lengthier session.