Meditation For Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Reduce Anxiety and Experience More Peace
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You live an exciting life (some might call it crazy-busy, but you like to think positive).
When the demands of work, family, and the quest to fulfill your own hopes and ambitions get to be too much, meditation is a great way to clear the noise.
The way I see it, meditation doesn’t have to include a week-long sabbatical to Thailand.
It doesn’t have to be an “Eat, Pray, Love”-style adventure around the globe to find your inner peace.
In fact, I think that in just 10 minutes a day, you can relieve stress, reduce anxiety and squeeze in a little more peace every day with mindfulness meditation.
Here are a few tips for meditation beginners to get you started on the path to enlightenment.
1. Mindfulness Meditation
If you struggle to stay present 24/7, you’re just like the rest of us!
Between all the tasks and to-do’s, plus the many ways we’ve been trained to distract ourselves, “being present” can be anything but a simple task.
Luckily though, it’s easy to practice.
With mindfulness meditation, the goal is to become fully present in a given moment.
Even for just a few minutes.
Begin by putting away the phone and getting comfortable.
Set a timer for 3-10 minutes to mindfully meditate.
Take a “body scan”.
In other words, take note of your body. Become acutely aware of your physical self.
How does it feel? What is it doing?
Take note of your breathing.
Use a simple breathing pattern to help yourself relax.
Take note of your immediate environment.
Now take note of your thoughts and narrow your mental focus.
Relax and remain in this meditative state for the balance of the time you have left.
You can practice this most anytime or anywhere during your day.
You can even take a few brief minutes out of your workday to stop, relax, and become present.
2. Meditation Apps
Meditation for beginners doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient. You’re already attached to your smartphone at the hip, why not put it to use?
Apps like Simple Habit make it easy to incorporate guided meditation into your everyday life (in 5 minutes a day!)
This app lets you pick a guided meditation theme and jump right in. Plus, it’s free.
Headspace is another free app that teaches you how to meditate with bite-size guides.
With this app, you can complete a quick relaxing meditation or work to bypass specific issues, like fear of flying.
You can even choose meditations for your current moment—perfect for commuting in peace!
When extra-stressful moments occur, you can hit the “panic button” for an instant mood-lifter.
3.Yoga and Meditation
Maybe you already love yoga.
And maybe you want to combine the benefits of yoga and meditation by doing them at the same time.
Whatever your goals, meditation and yoga could be the perfect pairing for your lifestyle.
Check your local gym or yoga studio for classes with terms like “Meditation Yoga” or even “Guided Meditation”.
You can practice your downward dog with an instructor or as an audio recording leads you through a relaxing meditation.
For experienced yogis, you may take your home practice to the next level by pairing your daily workout with a meditative YouTube video or music.
These are some meditation for beginners ideas just to get you started.
The most important part of learning meditation is to begin the process.
After that, daily practice is key to improving the quality of meditation thus helping to improve your mental health and adding more peace into your everyday life.
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