meditation and emotional well-being
when you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
the emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- building skills to manage your stress
- increasing self-awareness
- focusing on the present
- reducing negative emotions
1. leave a loud room
there’s no wrong place to meditate, but choosing a calm place might make it easier when you’re first starting out
2. let there be light
if you’re prone to sleepiness, especially as a beginner, try meditating in a place with enough natural light to stay alert. as you become better, you may want to change it up. often dimmed lights, softer environment, candles helps to set the mood and triggers your mind to calm.
3. check your posture
you can position your body for meditation in any number of ways—sitting, lying down, kneeling—but ultimately, you should feel comfortable the whole way through. adjust yourself to find the comfortable pose, so your mind is not drifting off because you are uncomfortable.
4. be consistent
usually, people find meditation most helpful if they do it early in the morning or just before bed. just work toward keeping it consistent. once you’ve found a time that works best for your life, stick with that.
5. accept your thoughts
shunning stressful thoughts is usually a beginner’s primary concern. remember it’s your minds job to think, you can’t stop thinking but you can redirect your thoughts.
6. focus on your breath
focus on your breath coming in and out, how your belly rises and falls. when negative thoughts pop up don’t stress, re-focus on your breath
7. start small
start with as little as 3 minutes consistently every day. when you’ve created a habit you can work your way up when you are ready. before you know it you’ll be doing 5, 10 or even 15+ minutes.