Meditation can decrease stress, improve mental clarity and energy and foster creativity, and the proof is out there: Some of the most successful innovators in history have been dedicated to the self-centering practice.
Meditation is an excellent tool to incorporate into your daily routine, especially during times of distress. Whether you’re going through a breakup, handling a work challenge or dealing with a physical illness, meditation can focus your internal lens and bring you greater clarity and peace. Meditation has been scientifically proven to mitigate addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, cognitive function and even eating disorders.
Even if meditation interests you, sitting down with yourself and confronting your own thoughts can be intimidating. So here are a few tips on how you can incorporate meditation into your lifestyle and reap all its wonderful benefits:
1) Identify your why: Why do you want to practice meditation? How do you want it to make you feel? What do you want to get out of it? If you’re clear on your goals and expectations of your practice, you’re more likely to see the benefits.
2) Start small: Even a few minutes of meditation can have a great impact on you. Start with a few minutes a day and work your way up to 20–30 minutes if it suits you.
3) Pick a method: Maybe you prefer a guided meditation or devotional to give you more structure or you like to repeat a mantra in your head. You can experiment to find out what works for you. Don’t limit yourself to what your friends are doing or what’s popular.
4) Stick to it: Get started and give it a try it multiple times, it may feel a bit foreign at first so don’t quit after the first time, stick to it.