Practising self-care is an important part of maintaining a healthy well-being, and there are various ways to practice self-care, including exercise, healthy eating and regular meditation.
Meditation, in particular, offers many benefits, such as reduced stress, increased self-awareness and improved relationships.
While there are many different types of meditation, the basic principle is always the same, and that is to focus your attention on one thing and to keep your mind from wandering.
The most important part of meditating is to find a method that works for you. Meditation can be done sitting, lying down, walking, or even standing. You can meditate with your eyes open or closed. Some people prefer to focus on their breath, while others choose to repeat a word or phrase over and over.
If you’re new to meditation, then you may be wondering where to begin. We’ve put together a few tips to get you started.
Assign a time to meditate
If you want to make meditation a regular practice, you need to include it in your daily schedule. Pick a time of day that best suits you, such as the early morning or before bed in the evening.
Clear a quiet space
Find a quiet place where you can sit comfortably. You may want to sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, or you may want to sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor. Make sure that the area is free of clutter and distractions so that you can focus on your breath.
Focus on your breath
One of the easiest ways to meditate is to focus on your breath. Start with a few deep breaths to calm the body. Pay attention to your breath as it goes in and out. If you find that your mind starts to wander, gently bring your attention back to your breath.
Be kind to yourself
Go into your meditation practice without expectations, and realise that it may be more difficult to focus on some days than others. With time and practice, you’ll find it easier to let go of your thoughts and stay present in the moment. Be patient with yourself because meditation takes time and effort to master.
Try guided meditation apps
The popularity of meditation apps has been growing over the last few years. These apps have taken off because they make it easier for people to meditate. In some cases, guided meditation can be more personalised than traditional forms of meditation.
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