We all know that maintaining good physical health is vital to living a healthy, long life. But just like yin needs its yang to coexist, physical health needs its mental health for the body to be balanced. It’s hard to get through the day and put in your best effort when your mind is foggy. However, I’ve found that taking time out of my day to meditate really helps me defog my mind and keeps my stress levels to a minimum. If you’re struggling with finding ways to cope with stress, I’d like for you try and incorporate the healthy habit of meditating into your daily routine. And while it’s definitely not a cure-all, it definitely can help in improving your mental health.
Meditation Techniques + Tips
Let’s check some things off our list before we begin to meditate so we can have the best experience as possible.
-Make sure you’re in a calm space for your meditation where you can be completely alone and away from any noise or distractions
-Pick a time of day for this and stick with it daily
-Decide if you want to meditate sitting on a pillow on the floor or in a straight-back position on a bed, chair, or sofa
-Starting with three minutes and gradually adding a minute each week is a good way to start if you have a busy schedule
Techniques to get you started:
This technique aims to get you in tune with each sensation within your body, which can allow you to be fully present in the moment. Start by focusing on your breath and allowing yourself to become aware of other bodily sensations. Try to avoid analyzing or judging anything you experience or any thoughts that pass through your mind – let it go and just simply observe.
This simply consists of watching your breath and giving your mind something to focus on in a relaxed way. Begin by setting yourself in a comfy position, close your eyes, and observe the sensation of breathing. Don’t try to control your breathing, just let it happen naturally and pay attention to how it feels as you inhale through your nose, down into your lungs, and exhale out through your mouth. Focus on this for at least five minutes. If your mind wanders, this is normal. Just bring your attention back to breathing and continue.
It’s basically the same as the previous techniques, except with this one you’ll want to incorporate a sacred word or meaningful phrase. By repeating the word or short affirmations, you can bring mind to a state of focused tranquility. Repeat the mantra aloud or silently.
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