In our 24/7 world, where our minds are constantly fed information, it’s important to make time to rest them. So, switch off your devices and give both your mind and body a proper chance to recharge.
#1 TAKE A YOGA CLASS
When you’re getting started with mindfulness meditation, it can be a little confusing. What should you feel like when you meditate? How do you observe thoughts without reacting to them? That’s why trying a guided mindfulness meditation practice, such as yoga, is a great place to start. And don’t worry, most beginners’ classes don’t require you to be an expert yogi!
2 CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO A MINDFULNESS MEDITATION MONTH
Now you know how your body and mind feel during mediation practice, you will be better prepared to start meditating alone. Mediation certainly takes time to master, so set yourself the challenge of meditating for 5 minutes every morning or evening for a month. How do you meditate at home with so many distractions? At the start of every mini mediation session, begin with a digital detox. Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lay, and banish all digital devices. As attention span zappers, smartphones are especially distracting and recent research shows that a third of the notifications we receive actually worsen our mood! Put your phone in a different room to give yourself the best chance of focusing.
#3 SLOWLY INCREASE YOUR DAILY MEDITATION PRACTICE
After your month of mindfulness meditation is complete, try and increase the amount of time you practice each day. Ask yourself what time of day works best for you – is it the morning or the evening? As you become more confident and less likely to be distracted, try and practice meditation in public places. One of the wonderful things about mindfulness meditation is that you can practice it anywhere, whether that’s on a park bench during your lunch hour or on a long-haul flight.