Simple tips to get the most out of your meditation

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Meditation is one of the most powerful and amazing things that I’ve introduced into my life. It’s had such a positive effect to my life, from reducing stress to developing a deeper self-awareness. Meditation is a must do for me these days. It’s just as, if not more important to my health and wellness as exercise and good nutrition.

Why you should meditate

Meditation can significantly improve and maintain mental, physical and emotional health. The benefits of practicing meditation regularly are extensive and can include:

  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • better sleep
  • more energy
  • increased motivation
  • becoming more calm and relaxed
  • increased focus and concentration
  • developing mental awareness
  • improved self-esteem
  • reduction in blood pressure
  • decreasing muscle tension

How to get the best results from meditation:

  • Practice it every day for at least 20 minutes (2 x 20 minute sessions morning & evening is even better). Meditation will benefit you at any time but the size of the benefits will always be in direct proportion to the amount and regularity of your meditation practice. However if you can’t manage this amount, shorter sessions will still return great benefits and it’s certainly better than not finding time to meditate at all.
  • Having a specific time of the day or week set aside for mediation can help with your self-discipline and maintain regularity. Choose times that fit in within your work and schedule so that you are likely to stick to it and make it a habit.
  • It’s best to mediate before a meal rather than after a meal.
  • If possible, a special place should be set aside for meditation, which should be quiet and private. Ensure that is has a calming & peaceful ambience.
  • Don’t get caught up on some complicated and uncomfortable meditation pose… you can lie, sit or meditate in a chair. Just ensure you spine is straight and most importantly that you’re comfortable. Being in an uncomfortable pose is only going to make the meditation unpleasant.
  • Pick the right meditation for you – choose a meditation that suits your learning style. Are you a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner? Sometimes we struggle with meditation because we choose the wrong type of meditation for our learning style. If you’re unsure of your preferred learning style there are plenty of online tests.
  • If you’re new to meditation, it may be easier to start with a guided mediation. There are so many options out there. Try a few and see what resonates with you best. Although keep in mind your learning style, many guided meditations are tailored towards visual learners. Pick wisely.

How to easily find time to meditate:

  • Set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier and spend that time meditating
  • Spend 10 to 15 minutes meditating in the shower or bath
  • Spend the first 15 minutes of your lunch break in meditation
  • Take 10 to 20 minutes before dinner to meditate
  • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier and meditate in bed. It is fine to fall asleep during meditation and this practice will improve sleep, however it should not be the only time you practice meditation.
  • Attaching meditation to an every day activity will make it more likely to become a habit and mediation will easily become part of your daily routine.

Remember that everyone’s mediation experience is different. Don’t be harsh on yourself, be patient and enjoy the wonderful journey that comes with meditation.

If you’re looking for ways to quieten and calm your mind read by blog - How to calm your mind.