When I first started my mental health journey meditation seemed impossible because I didn’t know how to quiet my thoughts, but I was going about it wrong. Learning to mediate is like any other skill, and it is going to take consistent practice to get comfortable. But like I say with everything else, it is about progression and not perfection.
Before we talk about how to meditate, let’s define it. It simply means to engage in contemplation or reflection. Meditation is about getting a healthy sense of perspective. You aren’t trying to “turn off” your thoughts or feelings. It’s more about learning to observe them without judgement and hopefully through meditation you will learn how to better understand your feelings.
When you first start your meditation journey your mind will wander and you might forget to follow your breathing patterns, but that is okay! It takes time to get comfortable with your mind, but stay consistent. Think of meditation as yoga for your brain. It can be beneficial at any time of the day, but studies show that mornings may be the best time of day to incorporate mediation.
Tips for starts a meditation practice
· First, figure out where you want to meditate
· Understand that meditation is not a one size fits all. There are lots of options to choose from: there are apps, guided videos on YouTube, and you can even try unguided meditations
· Meditation can range from 1 minute to 20 minutes
· Stay consistent, try different formats and styles until you find the one that works best for you
· Don’t think too much about it, just do it. Take it one day at a time.
· You may not notice the benefits immediately, but overtime you will notice a shift in your thoughts, how you perceive and react to events, and you energy levels will increase.
Remember, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else
This post is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease